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Richard Mourdock defeats Six-Term Indiana Sen. Lugar in GOP Primary

Indianapolis, Ind.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In a heavily contested Republican primary for Senator, Incumbent Indiana Senator Richard Lugar lost to Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Richard Mourdock won with 61% of the vote.

Sen. Lugar, who is serving his sixth term, has been criticized for working with Senate Democrats in voting for President Obama's Supreme Court nominees and financial recovery legislation enacted during the 2008 economic crisis as well as supporting immigration reform legislation, known as the DREAM Act.

Mr. Mourdock has been running largely to the right of Sen. Lugar, accusing him of being out-of-touch with Indiana voters after it was revealed that Sen. Lugar sold his home in Indiana after winning his first Senate election in 1976.  Sen. Lugar has said that his family couldn't afford to maintain two households, and it made more sense to live in the Washington area.

Outside political groups have spent almost $3 million trying to defeat Sen. Lugar and in support of Richard Mourdock.  Mr. Mourdock has the support of many Tea Party groups, as well as the National Rifle Association and nearly three-quarters of Indiana's county GOP chairmen.

Updated: Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:31pm (ET)

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