National Review Endorses Mourdock Over Lugar

by admin on April 16, 2012

The National Review has endorsed Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock over U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in the upcoming Republican primary, marking another high-profiled conservative voice backing the Tea Party challenger.

In a stinging editorial, the conservative magazine takes a swipe at Lugar’s residency issues and tells GOP voters they can “do better” than the six-term Senator. Surveys have showed a tight race and a polling firms memo said Lugar is poised to lose his seat.

From National Review:

The conventional wisdom has been that the six-term incumbent Lugar is a safer general-election bet than his opponent, state treasurer Richard Mourdock. But the primary has heretofore shown Lugar to be out of touch with Hoosiers, an institutionalized Capitol Hiller who for a spell was ruled ineligible to vote in his own primary after a local board determined he hadn’t owned a home in Indiana in three decades. Though a subsequent ruling allowed Lugar to claim a family farm as a residence, the die is cast. Lugar has become a carpetbagger in his own state.

Thus far, the National Rifle Association, Club for Growth and Indiana Right to Life have all endorsed Mourdock over the longtime incumbent.

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