Skip to comments.Polls show Sen. Lugar in trouble in GOP primary
Posted on 03/19/2012 7:02:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Two polls -- neither one from unbiased sources -- show that Senator Dick Lugar's re-election campaign is in big trouble.
Richard Mourdock has closed within single digits of Sen. Dick Lugar in the Indiana GOP Senate primary race, according to a pair of polls commissioned by groups seeking to oust the six-term incumbent.
Both polls -- one paid for by Citizens United, the other by Rep. Joe Donnelly's campaign -- produced the same result: Lugar ahead by just 6 points, 45 percent to 39 percent.
The Citizens United-Wenzel Strategies survey last week of likely primary voters shared first with POLITICO has 15 percent undecided.
The Global Strategy Group survey for Donnelly highlights Lugar's shrinking margin.
"In October 2011, Lugar lead Mourdock by 12 points, 48 percent to 36 percent," writes pollster Jef Pollock. "Today, that margin is cut in half, 45% to 39%." While the head-to-head data is promising for Mourdock, the internal numbers in the Wenzel poll reveal that the state treasurer has a ways to go in defining himself with just two months left before the primary.
Half of primary voters still aren't able to register an opinion of him, leaving his favorable rating at just 31 percent.
That's 22 points behind Lugar's favorable rating of 53 percent. About a third of primary voters -- 34 percent -- view Lugar unfavorably.
Nonetheless, the race remains fluid with roughly half of voters indicating they are open to changing their mind and Mourdock aides believe it demonstrates that Lugar's $2 million in television ads have failed to stymie his challenger's climb.
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C’mon, Indiana... put that dried up POS out to pasture.
His opponent should air Lugar’s lecture to the farmers who testified about MF Global stealing their sequestered accounts. He told them that, basically, they weren’t smart enough to play in the big leagues. Betrayed the fact that he had no idea of what MF had done.
If he had any real friends, they would have talked him into retiring that afternoon.
Would love to see another RINO out of there.
PLEEZZZ get rid of him
HEY, Senator Dick! Have you had your TEA today?
The residency issue and the arrogant attitude taken by the Lugar campaign in response to it is having an effect.
i.e. “Do they know who I am?”
He’s toast... as the incumbent if you’re not above 48 in the primary... the undecideds will not break for you.
Anybody know if Bonehead Boehner is facing any primary pressure?
Sure would be nice to get that gutless crybaby off the ballot early.
Richard is a nice man, but he is the epitome of Windsock Republicanism. Like Romney, but older.
He should go home and be a grandpa, I bet he’d be great at that.
Maybe Mr. Lugar *cough* *RINO!* should think twice about accepting an invite to break bread with The One and The Mooch at a state dinner during an election year...
PPP...(Piss Poor Planning)
Lugar hasn’t lived in Indiana in over 30 years. He is an elitist RINO who has been totally co-opted by the Washington insider scene. His time is well past.
“Lugar should have retired honorably and settled into a rest home in Alexandria, VA for his twilight years.”
The federal government will provide the drool buckets for “Obama’s Favorite Republican”.
I am not nearly as old as Senator Lugar, but I've been a grandpa for all of 18 months. If I had the opportunity, I would retire immediately, and spend as much time as I could with my grandson.
The lure of political power has to be one of the more corrupting influences to man (and WOman).
Hatch, McCain, Lugar...three reasons why the Republican Party is so ineffectual.
A Lugar primary defeat would be the only good news of this election cycle that I could imagine. Still, I would think Orrin G. Hatch comes into IN to save Lugar from defeat. UT is totally HatchRomneyLand.
The man with the frozen smile. He always creeped me out. If he was announcing a terrorist attack, he’d be smiling.
You’ll notice that when these birds retire or are un-elected, they never come home.