After 36 years serving Indiana in the U.S. Senate, Dick Lugar’s political career likely came to an end Tuesday as state Treasurer Richard Mourdock secured a decisive victory.
The surprise was perhaps not so much that Mourdock defeated Lugar, but the margin by which he beat him. Leading into Tuesday, the momentum appeared to be trending Mourdock’s way – an independent poll released just days before the election put Mourdock ten points ahead of the incumbent senator. But the final margin was nearly double that.
Attica Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Negele claimed the Republican nomination in Indiana House District 13 race.
She won 65% of the vote over opponent Dan Young.
Negele was the party’s nominee two-years ago in House District 42. She says that experience gave her more confidence going into this Primary Election.
"I knew what to expect and understood, to cover eight counties, the financial requirement. I was blessed to have strong financial supporters, which was critical to cover the district. I'm honored and overwhelmed by the endorsement from the voters."
U.S. Senator Dick Lugar will re-register to vote after his right to vote in Indiana’s primary was denied by the Marion County election board. The decision was part of a legal agreement that kept the issue from being decided in court.
The Marion County Election board ruled a couple weeks ago that Senator Lugar and his wife were no longer eligible to vote using the address of their Indianapolis home as proof of residency. The couple sold the home in 1977, after Lugar was first elected to the Senate.