By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Nashville, Ind.

1. INSen intensity and persuasion

Here are your final Friday pre-election power lunch talking points: With President Trump and Vice President Pence winging into Southport this evening, we’ve mined down into the two late network polls  that gave U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly leads over Mike Braun. In the Fox News Poll  that had Donnelly up by a surprising 45-38% margin, the crosstabs revealed Democrats are maintaining a voter intensity edge. Likely voters were asked how interested they are in the Senate race, 44% of Democrats said they were “extremely” interested, compared to 37% for Republicans and 16% for independents. On the ideological spectrum, 45% of liberals, 37% of conservatives, 31% of moderates and 37% of evangelicals described themselves that way. As for location, 42% of suburbanites fit that category, compared to 37% of urban voters and 33% of rural voters. In the head-to-head question, Braun was carrying 78% of Republican voters, compared to 84% of Democrats who support Donnelly. Donnelly had a 30-18% lead among independent voters, while 18% of those were backing Libertarian Lucy Brenton. That poll showed that 19% could change their mind, including 14% of Democrats and 19% of Republicans.

The NBC/Marist Poll  that had Donnelly up by 3%, some 14% of likely voters called themselves “persuadable.” Among those voters, Trump’s approval rating is 42%, compared to 50% for likely voters. So the Trump visits to Southport and Fort Wayne on Monday will help solidify Braun with the Trump base, but may not help him much with independents, suburban women and moderates. With Sen. Heidi Heitkamp likely to lose in North Dakota, ending Democrat hopes for a majority, that could keep some Republicans in the Donnelly camp  if Senate control is no longer on the table.  Donnelly’s fav/unfav is 27/25% (+2), versus Braun’s fav/unfav at 14/35% (-21). And congressional preference is even among these voters (when it was R+7 among all likely voters). NBC’s Meet The Press Daily  bottom line: These persuadable voters in Indiana seem like true swing voters, and they’re more negative on Braun than on Donnelly.

2. Legislative races heating up

General Assembly races typically intensify in the final week. HPI  was your only source tracking finance data in 20 of the more competitive House races and 10 in the Senate. The Speaker Brian Bosma/intern story heated up this week with the intern filing an ethics complaint. In the tossup HD26, Democrat Chris Campbell sent out a mailer assailing Rep. Sally Siegrist for joining some 60 other Republicans in defending Bosma. The text: “Intimidation. Coercion. Strong-arming. Politics at its worst.” On the back, was a picture of Siegrist and a copy of the statement she signed in Bosma’s defense. The mailer’s accusation of Siegrist: “Bad for Women. Bad for Indiana.” Campbell: “For her to not stand by another woman I find it pretty appalling. I found it quite appalling that he would spend $40,000 to basically harass a former intern.” Siegrist wouldn’t comment. That tactic could possibly surface in HD19, where Rep. Julie Olthoff, who also signed the letter, is facing Democrat Lisa Beck in another tossup race.

3. Indiana Senate flare-ups

In SD25, Republican Anderson attorney Zaki Ali sent out a mailer referring to Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane as “Liberal Lanane” and “career politician.” Lanane express disappointment, telling the Muncie Star Press  Ali had told him he “would not engage in negative politics.” Ali: "My promise to Sen. Lanane was that I would not make any personal attacks against him. Never once did I say I would not discuss his record. And that is exactly what I'm doing.” In SD46, where Democrat Anna Murray is challenging, Sen. Ron Grooms, nervous Republicans are alleging that Murray failed to report a $30,000 late contribution on time. Both parties rushed in $30,000 late donations, which is why HPI  moved this race from “Leans” Grooms to “Tossup.”

4. IndyChamber backing Ford over Delph

In another high-profile race, the Indianapolis Chamber is backing Democrat challenger J.D. Ford against State Sen. Mike Delph. "We like Ford's openness and willingness to listen to all sides and to bring no entrenched ideological positions to the process of legislating," said Chief Policy OfficerMark Fisher. Money is pouring into that race, with Ford posting $347,760 for the cycle while Delph has raised $368,938. Ford has received $53,000 in late money from Senate Democrats and $60,586 from the cash-strapped Indiana Democrat Party. Delph has received $38,887 from the Republican State Committee and a little over $40,000 from the Senate Majority Campaign Committee. That’s a tossup race, too, folks.

5. SD26 cash and probe

Another big money race is the open SD26 of retiring Sen. Doug Eckerty. Republican Madison County Councilman Mike Gaskill has raised $180,640 while Anderson Fire Chief Dave Cravens posted $153,077 on top of a beginning balance of $75,000. The placement of an outdated political ad in theAnderson Herald Bulletin last week has led to an investigation by the Indiana State Police, according to veteran reporter Ken da la Bastide. “A number of people called (saying) that they didn’t authorize their names being used in the endorsement ad,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings. “The State Police are trying to determine who is responsible for paying and placing the ad.” The ad was a reprint of a 2012 ad listing 175 Madison County public safety employees opposed to the election of Gaskill and county Councilman Mike Phipps. That sounds like a dirty trick!

Have a great weekend folks. Rake, blow leaves, rally with Trump or Obama and vote. It’s The Atomic!