• Longtime Indiana Senator will not be returning to D.C.

    May 09, 2012 No comments

    Long-time Sen. Dick Lugar was defeated in the Republican primary election for his seat, falling to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

    Lugar conceded the race just after 8 p.m. in a gracious speech in which he said he had no regrets about running for re-election.

    Mourdock seemed to have the momentum in the closing weeks of the campaign, with a survey a week before the election indicating that the tea party favorite had a 10-point advantage over Lugar. 

    Mourdock’s campaign blasted Lugar from the right side of the GOP, repeatedly calling him too liberal and out of touch with the conservative wing. 

    National attention was focused on the race, with many seeing the outcome as an indicator of whether the tea party still held some favor in GOP constituent ranks. 

    Lugar rose through the Republican ranks in his 36 years in office, holding several key committee positions over the years, including agriculture and foreign relations posts.

    The Lugar-Mourdock matchup was by far the most intriguing contest in this year’s primary. 

    Voter turnout appeared to be down markedly from 2008, when a Democrat presidential battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spurred stronger passion at the polls. 

    The Senate campaign was a bloody battle for both candidates, with outside groups spending more than $4 million in hopes of swaying voters. 

    Indiana Democrats thanked Lugar for his service in a statement following Tuesday’s results. 

    Mourdock will face a challenge from Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly in November. He wasted no time in blasting Donnelly’s association with President Barack Obama.

    Mourdock said “Mr. Donnelley has been close to Barack Obama for years, and we’re going to make that clear. It’s not going to be accepted by the voters of Indiana.”

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