Sen. Richard Lugar’s 36-year Senate career is now history.
Lugar was defeated in today’s Republican primary election by Treasurer Richard Mourdock, ending his bid for a seventh term in the U.S. Senate.
It wasn’t even close.
With 70 percent of the vote counted, Mourdock had 60 percent to Lugar’s 40 percent.
Mourdock will face Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andy Horning in the November election.
This is not really a surprise.
Senator Richard Lugar was too old, too establishment, too liberal for Indiana and stayed in office way too long. Indiana voters just wanted somebody else and a Senator who more closely identified with them.
Here is a video highlighting Senator Lugar’s career:
As I have said for months, the handwriting was on the wall, it was time for Lugar to retire.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks with reporters off the Senate floor before a series of votes on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lugar’s allies have largely disappeared from the television airwaves just days before Tuesday’s primary, a sign that even friends of the six-term Republican think he’s in trouble and could lose to tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock puts his most potent hits against incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar into one strong 30-second ad, which will begin airing today on broadcast and cable TV statewide. A disappointed-sounding older male narrator: “When Dick Lugar moved to Washington, he left behind more than his house. He left behind his conservative Hoosier values – voting for more earmarks, Obama’s liberal Supreme Court choices, amnesty for illegals, even supporting a $1 a gallon gas tax. Now they call him Obama’s favorite Republican. Lugar’s been in Washington for 36 years. That’s too long. Time for a change.” For the next 13 days, this is the hottest race in America.
Here is the ad:
This is a tough race for Senator Lugar.
He may win a narrow victory, but I would not be surprised if Indiana nominates Mourdock. Lugar has been there a long time and some would say too long.
Richard Mourdock: Every Year, Congress finds new ways to spend our money… and Sadly, Senator Lugar went along with it: voting for the Bridge to Nowhere, a rainforest in Iowa, even a teapot museum. When Senator Lugar recently had the chance to stop wasteful earmarks, he voted no. We’re fifteen trillion in debt and it has to stop. I’m Richard Mourdock and I approve this message because Dick Lugar won’t vote to end wasteful spending and earmarks. I will.
Indiana deserves a conservative U.S. Senator who actually lives in Indiana.
Richard Lugar has served his state and country for decades, but it is time for him to go.
A new poll conducted for the Club for Growth showed Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and his primary challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, in a statistical dead heat.
Mourdock had a small advantage over Lugar, 34 percent to 32 percent, in the Basswood Research poll released Tuesday. But Mourdock’s 2-point lead is within the poll’s 4.4-point margin of error.
The conservative, anti-tax organization has not endorsed Mourdock, but the Club for Growth President Chris Chocola has frequently criticized Lugar’s record. Earlier this month, the club sponsored television advertisements blasting Lugar across Indiana.
“An incumbent who sits at 32 percent in his own party’s primary, and trails a much less known challenger, is in a world of trouble,” Chocola, a former Indiana Congressman, said in a statement. “Senator Lugar is a very decent man, but it’s clear from the poll that after 35 years, Hoosier Republicans are eager for a more conservative alternative.”
About one-third of those polled, 34 percent, said they were undecided about the GOP Senate primary field.
Basswood Research conducted the poll of 500 likely Republican primary voters July 23-24.
Richard Lugar is in trouble and although he has a ton of campaign cash, money will now flow to the Tea Party favorite and younger Mourdock.