Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:38 PM
WI_DEM (32,862 posts)
Indiana: Dick Lugarís Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
Sen. Dick Lugarís (R-Ind.) re-election campaign has seen better days, even this cycle.
The six-term Senator faces a tough primary against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock on May 8, but this must be Lugarís worst week yet for his prospects. A request for response from Lugarís team was not immediately returned this afternoon.
In the meantime, hereís the countdown of Lugarís lackluster week:
2. Lugar will have to cough up $4,500 to pay back the government for his Indianapolis hotel stays during visits to the Hoosier State, according to a Politico report out this morning. Forget the actual sum: The news underscores Lugarís residency problems again. He doesnít own a home in Indiana, and his office made taxpayers foot the bill for his overnight trips ó accidentally, Lugar says.
3. A new Democratic poll released Monday showed Lugar with a slim, 6-point lead over Mourdock. Sure, itís an internal poll from the campaign of likely Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Joe Donnelly. But the poll also shows Lugarís lead has been cut in half over the past several months.
4. Lugar filed to appeal a local elections board decision that ruled him ineligible to vote. Legal experts say heíll probably win his appeal, but talk about damaging headlines:
ďLugar Appeals Ruling That He Is Not Indiana ResidentĒ
ďLugars appeal Election Boardís residency rulingĒ
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Indiana: Dick Lugarís Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week (Original post)
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Response to grantcart (Reply #4)
Sun Apr 8, 2012, 11:24 AM
LiberalFighter (31,890 posts)
9. The odds are better if Mourdock wins the nomination.
But Lugar will be banged up if he wins the nomination and he can be beat. We didn't have anyone run on the Democratic side in 2006.
The highest vote count he received was in 1988 when he got 1430525. His next highest was 12 years later with 1427944.
Having serious competition in the primary. Needing to spend down his campaign funds. Issues of residency and likely lingering conflicts with conservatives. And his age should all have a factor on his re-election.
Response to WI_DEM (Original post)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:46 PM
crazylikafox (1,710 posts)
5. Do the Dems actually have a chance of picking up this seat?
If a teabagger knocks him off in the primary, I'm not sure if that would be good or bad. If we can't win it, I'd really hate to see another teabagger in the Senate.
Response to crazylikafox (Reply #5)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:54 PM
Marsala (2,089 posts)
6. With a strong 2012 performance, we can
I doubt that Obama will win Indiana, but the fact that he did in 2008 shows that the state isn't as bright red as it once was. Still, it's a longshot.
Response to Marsala (Reply #6)
Mon Apr 9, 2012, 10:39 AM
KharmaTrain (31,706 posts)
10. Turnout in NW Indiana and Indianapolis...
That's what won the state for President Obama in '08 and was depressed in '10. The Obama team did a very good job mobilizing the vote in those areas but it will be hard to duplicate that this year...especially with the new, regressive voter ID laws.
Hopefully Donnelly will get support from the DSCC and be competitive in this race...he could be one who helps President Obama rather than the other way around...