Political Poll Suggests Lugar Trails Mourdock

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer

May 4, 2012 Updated May 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM EDT

Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A new poll suggests Senator Richard Lugar is falling behind the challenger in next Tuesday's Republican Primary.

A new survey of 700 likely primary voters shows that Richard Lugar is in trouble.

The Indiana Battleground Poll, conducted between April 30th and May first, shows State Treasurer Richard Mourdock leading Senator Lugar 48 to 38.

The poll has a plus or minus of 3.7%.

On Friday, Lugar put out a plea for all those he has helped over the years, to come out and vote for him, or else he could be ousted after 35-years on Capitol Hill.

When asked if many Republican voters will eventually opt for Lugar, who weilds a lot of power in the Senate, Allen County Republican Chairman Steve Shine says, "I think they look at seniority now and see that may not have done so much to advance their conservative causes, are willing to forego seniority in exchange for commitment to conservative principles."

Some people think there may be Democrats crossing over and voting for Lugar in the Republican primary, since he is considered more moderat the Mourdock.

Shine doesn't think so. He says Democrats figure their candidate, Joe Donnelly, has a better shot of beating Mourdock in November, so he doubts they will be keen on helping Lugar get through, and then be a thorn in Donnelly's side this fall.

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