Republican Richard Lugar came to Washington known as “Richard Nixon’s favorite mayor,” voted for President Ronald Reagan’s agenda more than any other senator, and is preparing to exit Congress a casualty of the anti-tax Tea Party.
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.
In a southern Indiana banquet room last week, Republicans dined on pork chops, listened to local politicians, then cast an informal vote in a race on all their minds: next year’s re-election bid by six-term Senator Richard Lugar , their party’s senior-most member of Congress.
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.
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.