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Lugar Visits Fort Wayne

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Rachel Martin

May 6, 2012 Updated May 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) visited Fort Wayne on Sunday for a final push before Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Lugar is in a hotly-contested primary battled with State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R). On Friday, a Howey-DePauw poll showed Mourdock leading Lugar by 10 percentage points across the state. Lugar says he's not worried about reelection.

“I’m confident that we’re going to have a good result. I’m not going to predict the margin. I would be grateful if we have a margin,” said Lugar.

Last Sunday, Mourdock and the Tea Party held a rally where a cardboard cut-out of Lugar was displayed with a rope tied around his neck.

“I would say there are certain individuals that have agendas of their own. They’re trying to prove their clout, they’re trying to improve whatever political status they have, and I understand that politics is a competitive business.”

Despite blows to his character by Mourdock and the Tea Party, the 36-year Senate veteran says he’s campaigning harder than ever before, targeting Democrats and Independents as well.

“In fact, the majority of the people in Indiana, who are registered voters, favor my candidacy,” Lugar said. “I make that point because I’ve seen polls that indicate that I would be the strongest Republican against a Democratic opponent in the Fall.”

As for Mourdock being investigated by the Security Exchange Commission, “I have no comment about that because I am unaware of precisely what the charges are.”

Mourdock’s accused of using his influence over police pension funds to raise money for his campaign. A former Indiana State Trooper asked the SEC to investigate. But Lugar says he cares more about the Farm Fresh Act, a proposal to save farmers and cut $40 billion.

“We really need more corn, wheat, beans and various other products in the country,” said Lugar. “As a result, if you cut out all the subsidies and what have you, you’ll save a lot of money.”

Lugar says the key to clinching the win on Tuesday is to continue campaigning to all voters.

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