Indiana's Republican Senate Primary is next Tuesday, and it's drawing national attention. For the first time in decades, Senator Richard Lugar is facing a primary challenger. The person opposing Lugar is State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a conservative with backing from local and national Tea Party organizations. Despite the fact that Lugar has maintained a very conservative voting record since entering the Senate in 1977, Mourdock and his supporters say Lugar is out of touch with ordinary Indiana voters, and not conservative enough for many Indiana Republicans.
Republican leaders in Indiana are trying to decide how they’ll handle allegations that a US Senate campaign tried to access a critical database of voter information. The dispute concerns the GOP primary race between long-time incumbent Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
After a 14-month legal battle, former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been sentenced to one year of home detention. Superior Court Judge Steven Nation ruled White intentionally defrauded the public by using his ex-wife's address to vote in the May 2010 primary and continuing to take his town council salary after he had moved out of the district.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is once again brushing aside efforts by some to get him to enter the Republican Presidential contest. The online political journal Politico reports that some in the Republican Party are growing so concerned about the nominating process and the current crop of candidates that they’re looking for a late-entry nominee.
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb is quoted by Politico as saying “the whispers have becomes shouts” and that the knocks on Daniels’ door “have become fist pounding.”