Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana has been ruled ineligible to vote back home, a blow for the six- term Republican facing a Tea Party-backed primary challenger who says the senator is out of touch with his state.
For 36 years, Jim Rice was a loyal supporter of Richard Lugar, the six-term Republican senator from Indiana with a reputation for compromise and stature in Washington. Now, Rice says he will vote for a Democrat.
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist announced he is backing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock over U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the state’s May 8 Republican primary, a blow for the six-term incumbent days before his toughest re-election challenge.
Sitting in a strip-mall campaign office with copies of checks from Sarah Palin and Herman Cain tacked on the wall, Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock calls his contest with Senator Richard Lugar a battle for the “heart and soul of the Republican Party in the Senate.”
Indiana Republican primary voters will decide today whether to end the U.S. Senate career of Richard Lugar in a race that put him on the defensive over his 35 years in office and occasional compromises with Democrats.
Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Richard Lugar of Indiana share a big headache: their 35-year careers in the chamber are being targeted for a swift end by FreedomWorks, a group that supports the Tea Party and operates a super-political action committee.