Indiana's primary will be on Tuesday. It appears that Sen. Richard Lugar will likely lose to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. The latest Howey/Depauw Battleground Poll gives Mourdock a 48-38 lead among Republican primary voters.
Five days ago--when the latest poll gave Mourdock an only five-point advantage--the folks at Powerline noted that "Recently, [Lugar's] campaign has been flailing at Mourdok with an air of desperation."
Mourdouck has said that if he loses he will endorse Lugar. Lugar has not made a similar promise. This morning's press release from the Mourdock campaign ends with the following two paragraphs:
“After a long and distinguished career, Senator Lugar has by all accounts run a very negative and personal campaign,” added [Mourdock spokesman Chris ]Conner. “Choosing to rely on attacking Richard Mourdock’s character rather than discussing his own record of supporting Obama’s liberal Supreme Court justices, earmarks and bailouts and even amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
“It is time for Senator Lugar to definitively address whether he will endorse Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate, if he prevails in Tuesday’s primary,” concluded Conner. “After a career defined by his statesmanship, it would be a disappointment to all Hoosiers if Senator Lugar opted to make his final act a petty refusal to support the Republican ticket.”
Mourdock received the backing of many Tea Party supporters, who often criticized Lugar for being too moderate. Judged by my Political Quotients, Lugar's a 14 -- about Lindsay Graham or John McCain territory, but still significantly more conservative than Susan Collins (44) or Olympia Snowe (48) territory.