Sen. Lugar loses primary in Indiana
May 8th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Sen. Lugar loses primary in Indiana

The U.S. Senate's most senior Republican will lose his primary race to a GOP challenger, CNN projects.

Sen. Dick Lugar (pictured), who was seeking his seventh six-year term, will lose Tuesday's primary to Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

During his 2012 campaign, Lugar, 80, was forced to defend his conservative bona fides as the tea party and other groups proclaimed him to be too moderate and too willing to work with Democrats.

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  1. banasy©


    May 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      deleted my blog comment again! Unprecedented spending is what started this faction. Five trillion dollar additiOn to the debt. No three presidents combined have added this much debt. Remember the "shilackIng" dems took in 2010? That sentiment has not been lost but gotten stronger. Remember that come November...

      May 9, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Wow, that statement by the tea party and"other groups" speaks volumes. They said Sen.Lugar is to moderate and (now here's the real kicker ) " he's too willing to work with the democrats. " In their own words they are saying we won't cooperate regardless of the outcome. And some of you people feel this is the right direction ? No compromise for the good of the nation ? If that's not the early stage of dictatorship, I don't know what else would qualify.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @bobcat,wasn't there a word Democrates and Republicans used, but its now considered dirty in most political circles called BIPARTSANSHIP.These tea trolls are getting too big a head and will soon find after the recalls of Walker and some of his sanctumonious governor buddies that karma is bigger than they ever expected.Then you'll see the hypocritical finger pointing,like kids caught stealing candy and everyone is pointing at one another as the guilty one, not caring because its not their fault,they didn't do it,even thou they're the ones who actually did the stealing.The same goes in politics,especially when it goes wrong ,out comes the fingers,the innuendoes start flying not concerned of the political consequences because its done as usual without one thing,using their heads.Teabaggers will find that exact situation this November when the tables are turned and the republicans will be out renting vans for their belongings for their trips home,defeated,the teabaggers didn't have the political insight to protect their young ignorent representatives and the Democrates swooped in for the political kill while the baggers were out getting new recruits.Now with empty nests and no new recruits,the teabaggers are out in the political cold without any political surrogates and are victims of their own arrogence , having defeated themselves.See you teabaggers after November,speechless and beaten.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ Pete

      It's one thing to stand up for ones principles, but when that principle becomes so extreme that you are totally unwilling to compromise, then you are doing good for nobody. It just makes you look like a child. That appearance among the republicans has been very apparant for the last year and a half.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    bc(iah) ©:
    I know.
    It looks as if the GOPTP has thrown down the gauntlet this time...
    Heaven help Indiana, which has been going down the tubes for YEARS because of some of the extremely poor decisions of the government.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greek American

    Is this the dude (Lugar) that maverick Palin was backing or was she behind the other tea-bagger? Sorry I have forgotten the previous story CNN had written.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. madmaninthemiddle

    This is what is wrong with politics today and the once grand old party specically. But this kind of extremism will backfire when Republicans lose what would have been a sure seat. Wouldn't it be interesting if this cost them control if the Senate, just as this kind of extremism cost them full congressional control in 2010?

    May 9, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    A 'moderate' and one 'willing to work with both sides of the isle ? Well I suppose that is the last thing this country needs or the slide down of US would stop. lol
    Hail to the right wing, the religious and assorted nuts clamoring to rule this hapless nation.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Old Dog

    Nothing is wrong with politics – we've got whom we voted for. Like Mrs. Bachmann, a tea party hopeful, former presidential contender, House Intell Committee member and now a Swiss citizen. Where's Mr. Trump? LOL

    May 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |