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Poll Gives Mourdock 10 Point Lead Over Lugar

A poll by a Republican and Democratic pollster shows Richard Mourdock with a large lead over incumbent Senator Richard Lugar.

Lugar and Mourdock

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Senator Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock are running against each other in the Indiana primary on May 8.

A new poll in the Indiana Senate Republican primary race shows state Treasurer Richard Mourdock with a ten point lead over incumbent Senator Richard Lugar. A Howey Politics – DePauw University poll released Friday shows Richard Mourdock with a 48 percent to 38 percent lead over Richard Lugar.

In a poll taken by the same group in late March, that advantage had been 42 to 35 Lugar. In a statement, the Mourdock campaign says the poll reaffirms its belief that Lugar is out of touch with Hoosiers.

Governor Mitch Daniels, who has publicly endorsed Lugar, says he was surprised by the results.

“I’m not tracking each and every one of these but the others I’d seen had it a whole lot closer than that,” he says.

The Lugar campaign released a statement saying it still considers the race a dead heat. Lugar is calling on all Hoosier voters to participate in Tuesday’s primary.

The poll was conducted by Republican pollster Christine Matthews of Bellwether Research and Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group. It is based on 700 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.7 percent.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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