This is very big news (h/t Pwire), as it punctures the Richard Lugar air of inevitability:

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is in the most precarious position of his political career since autumn 1974 when he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh. A Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll released today reveals Lugar with a 42-35% lead over Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, with the two evenly splitting the vote among the 72% of primary voters identifying with the GOP. It has prompted HPI to move this race into “tossup” from “Leans Lugar.”

…. Lugar and Mourdock are evenly splitting the GOP vote. If Indiana did not have an open primary system, a record seventh term for Lugar would be doomed.

My February 28 endorsement of Mourdock likely was the game changer (just kidding).

Rather, there is a growing realization that Lugar’s time has come and gone. It’s time for him to retire, and to put a solid conservative like Richard Mourdock in the Senate.

You can support Mourdock here.


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