Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is barely leading his primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, less than two months before the primary, according to a Democratic poll released today.
The numbers showed the six-term Senator in rough shape but still ahead of Mourdock, 45 percent to 39 percent.
Lugar faces the toughest re-election campaign of his career in the May 8 primary. Since the start of this cycle, Republicans viewed him as vulnerable in a primary, but polling of his race has been scarce in part because Indiana law restricts automated calls, including polling.
I went to a dinner with my wife last night that was for a group called P.E.O. which is some women’s philanthropic group. For those that don’t actually know me, I don’t do well meeting people. Actually, I do well, I just am not very social. I am honestly so fearful of meeting folks that I am afraid I will drop an EFF bomb over dinner. Nonetheless, the wife wanted me to go, so I went.
Glad I did actually. Met a very nice guy, older chap, former professor of Poli Sci for 30 years at Indiana State and then he worked as CoS for a Congressman. I (heart beating) told him I was a conservative (if not a Republican) and was pleased to find he was as well. Anyway, turns out he was a big Mourdock supporter. Spent the bulk of the rest of the night talking to him about how much we both loathed Lugar.
Lugar’s biggest screw up in my opinion was his open and enthusiastic support for Sotomayor and Kagen. Now, if I was a Senator I would have voted to confirm both of them. The biggest problem I has was that he espoused his support long before anyone could even fully digest what these two had done as legal experts. Kagen in particular, having fought tooth and nail against the Solomon Amendment is what really pissed me off. So, I sent an email to the Senator, and heard jack shit back, which is when my vote was decided. If Lugar wins the primary, it might be the first time I forego voting for a GOP in the Senate.
Anyway, I’m really hoping Mourdock can expunge this guy from Hoosier politics. I don’t hold out a great deal of hope, but if this poll is to believed, I feel better about it.
(This is NOT an endorsement of Mourdock, every time I endorse someone they respond with a Macaca Moment.)