Column: Underdog battles for House

In the battle for Congress, Indiana Democrats are counting on underdog candidates to win with “Rudy”-like determination in November, while Republicans are hoping Hoosier voters will see a different Notre Dame tale in their candidates and “win one for the Gipper.”

The Democrats’ pick to try and hold Indiana’s 2nd District seat for them, Brendan Mullen, called on “Rudy” star Sean Astin last week to evoke some hometown pride for his underdog candidacy, including a $100-a-head tailgate before the Notre Dame battle against the University of Michigan.

The Republican candidate, former state Rep. Jackie Walorski, says that if Ronald Reagan, the man who played Notre Dame football star George Gipp onscreen, were still alive, he’d be supporting her for Congress.

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