Race of the Day: Walorski vs. Bock in Indiana

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Volunteers working the phones at a campaign office for Congressional candidate Republican Jackie Walorski, in Mishiwaka, Ind. on Monday, Oct. 18. Walorski is running against incumbent Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat. (James Cheng / msnbc.com)msnbc.com

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Republican Jackie Walorski must be getting used to tough elections. The South Bend lawmaker almost managed to eke out a 2010 win over Democrat Joe Donnelly, but failed despite the big GOP wave. After redistricting two years later, though, she managed to cling to victory but remains a top target on the Democratic wish list. Derided by Democrats in the past as “Wacky Jackie,” she’s working to tout her bipartisanship and focusing on her work to help veterans and victims of military sexual assault. She faces Democratic opponent Joe Bock, an expert in humanitarian aid and disaster response.