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6:56 AM, Mar 24, 2010
An Indiana congressman's vote for the health care bill may have hurt his campaign for the U.S. Senate.A new Rasmussen poll shows Evansville Democrat Brad Ellsworth trailing all three major Republican challengers, 6News' Norman Cox reported.Former Congressman John Hostettler, former Sen. Dan Coats and State Sen. Marlin Stutzman were already ahead of Ellsworth, but gained ground after his vote on health care on Sunday.The poll shows Hostettler leading Ellsworth by 50 to 32, Coats ahead 49 to 34 and Stutzman, who has much less statewide recognition, leading 41 to 34."This health care bill, apparently widely opposed by Hoosiers, was rammed through anyway, and he took part in it," said Gov. Mitch Daniels. "I think those who voted for it are very likely to be held accountable."The poll also shows that opposition to the health care bill is higher in Indiana than it is nationally.The Indiana Democratic Party declined formal comment on the poll, but spokesman R.J. Gerard called the Rasmussen Poll is an "outlier" that tends to go Republican.