Donnelly has criticized Mourdock for trying as treasurer to halt the 2009 sale of bankrupt Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat.
Mourdock opposed terms of the deal unfavorable to Indiana pension and infrastructure funds that held Chrysler bonds.
“That was incredibly irresponsible to do. Sen. Lugar and I fought to save the auto industry,” Donnelly said Tuesday.
Yet in Howard County, where Chrysler employs about 5,000 people at its Kokomo transmission operations, Mourdock attracted 61 percent of the vote, a smidgen more than he received statewide.
Mourdock topped 70 percent throughout northeast Indiana.
“Never did we expect to see the numbers we saw statewide, but never ever did I imagine we would win by a 70-30 margin here in Allen County,” he said.Democrats seem to forget that Evan Bayh's silver bullet in defeating John Mutz back in the 1988 gubernatorial election was the Orr-Mutz administration's support of tax breaks and incentives to entice Japanese auto maker Subaru-Isuzu to build a plant in Lafayette.