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.
Republicans are poised to win the most governorships since 1994 as candidates including Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett , Michigan’s Rick Snyder and Ohio’s John Kasich seize on the faltering economy and persistent unemployment in bids to take over Democrat-led states.
Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska senator and governor, said he will run for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, boosting his party’s chances of winning it and retaining control of the chamber in this fall’s election.
While he was encouraged to run by President Barack Obama, Democrat Richard Carmona spent the official first day of his Senate race against Republican U.S. Representative Jeff Flake touting endorsements from relatives of Senator Barry Goldwater.