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Richard Mourdock says he's "reasonably optimistic" he'll defeat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's Republican primary.

The tea party-backed challenger told the Evansville Courier & Press he expected to win the party's Senate nomination after he cast his ballot at a vote center in Evansville early Tuesday morning. The former Vanderburgh County commissioner and current state treasurer lives in Darmstadt.

Recent polling has shown Lugar trailing Mourdock.

Mourdock attributes some of his support to "self-inflicted wounds" by the Lugar campaign, which he says was largely run by Washington, D.C., insiders.

Whoever wins the primary will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly in November.

Mourdock says if he wins the nomination one of his top priorities will be to unite Republicans.

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  • Bryan
    Bryan - your comment is very telling. Of course the dems would like Lugar to prevail, fortunately that won't be the case. For those who think Donnelly has a chance against him are dreaming!!
  • Crossover Vote
    I an my entire family usually vote Democrat, however this time we crossed over to the Republican in order to vote for Sen. Lugar....we voted for no othe candidates on the Republican ballot....alto have taken a large number of others to the polls in order for them to do crossover voting.
  • Crossover Vote
    I an my entire family usually vote Democrat, however this time we crossed over to the Republican in order to vote for Sen. Lugar....we voted for no othe candidates on the Republican ballot....alto have taken a large number of others to the polls in order for them to do crossover voting.
  • sour grapes from losers
    'may', 'might','if', 'could',..come up with some new innuendo..this is getting old..

    Re: Donnelly...Mr. Mourdock got more votes in Donnelly's district than Donnelly did..even with South Bend and Elkhart included..no Republican hotspots...this stuff sounds like it comes straight from Lugar's New York and California financiers...
    but keep it up, the polls don't close for over three hours..there are still more voters that you can alienate with these tactics...
  • Religious Right
    If Lugar loses today, as it seems that he will, it means that one more person who understands the separation of Church and State is gone. Why can't the Republicans keep religion out of politics? Lugar at 80 probably should have stepped down, it is just sad that the guy who may replace him thinks more highly of himself than he has a right to,
  • Pay to play
    @Leonardo: Although he may not be culpable for the misplaced state money, Mourdock has other problems.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/richard-mourdock-campaign-donors_n_1498315.html

    http://www.garylsnyder.com/my_weblog/2012/05/sec-pay-to-play-accusations-signal-more-trouble-coming-for-mourdock.html
  • What is an unappologetic conservative, anyway?
    Bad day for Indiana and the US. If Lugar loses, look for Mourdock to ditch Indiana and vote any which way that the one percent wants.
  • Ignorance equals Bliss
    among Lugar supporters. The Indiana State Treasurer is the Chief Investment Officer for the State. Mr. Mourdock had ZERO to do with the State Board of Accounts misplacing funds. Those folks were hired by Mitch, who endorsed Mr. Lugar. Don't let the facts get in the way of a good smear, however..it's the Lugar way.
  • Good news for Democrats
    Mourdock primary win in May=Senator Donnelly in November

    Fortunately for Democrats, the Tea Party didn't learn its lesson in Delaware, Colorado, or Nevada in 2010. Just because the candidate appeals to your merry band of extremists who vote in the primary doesn't mean that said candidate will have widespread appeal in the general election. Even in Republican-loving Indiana, I doubt that the proudly obstructionist Mourdock will be sent to the Senate.
  • Mourdock Win = Democrat
    Should Mourdock beat Lugar, the Democrats will take the Lugar Senate Seat in November.
  • Arrogance and Power
    The disdain for the common people supporting Mr. Mourdock emanating from the Washington insiders who own Lugar has been quite evident. The misleading propaganda directed against Mr. Mourdock by Lugar's beltway cadre has been sickening. Many pundits have remarked about the self-inflicted damage done to the Lugar 'brand' by their constant bottom-crawling in their desperate attempt to protect their fat rice bowls in Washington. A large group of Hoosiers will be happy to see the end of this group. It's been way too long in coming.
  • careful what you ask for!
    Lugar is right about one thing! Mourdock is not ready to lead! look what happened in the state of Indiana with him as Treasure! Somehow a half a billion $$ got misplaced! If lugar lose's this state will go for the democrat in the senate!poor tea partiers!
    • Mourdock
      God help us all.

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