Facing A Tough Primary, Lugar Encourages Everyone To Vote

Sen. Dick Lugar, who is currently the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, will learn his fate in a few hours as polls close in Indiana.

If recent polling is right, Lugar, who supporters hail as a politician who bucks strident partisanship, may lose his primary campaign to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a more conservative politician with the backing of the Tea Party.

The polls close at 7p.m. ET. We’ll keep this blog updated with the latest news on the race, so make sure to hit refresh.

Update at 6:00 p.m. ET. Everyone Should Vote:

Indiana is an open primary. That could prove key if Lugar attracts enough Democrats to vote for him. It’s exactly what he was counting on today, when he In an interview with CNN, Lugar defended his record and he also reiterated that he has consistently been a conservative.

“The public as a whole may be unhappy with one party or the other, but they’re very unhappy with the Congress as a whole for their inability to make decisions,” Lugar told CNN. “I’m a person who makes sure we do get on with it, that there is progress, and with personal vigor I argue with people.

“I try to persuade people, I try to get votes on issues, and I hope to continue to do that,” he said.

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