For the first time, Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock leads incumbent senator Dick Lugar in a Republican primary poll, 42 percent to 41 percent. The poll, commissioned by the Mourdock campaign, was conducted on April 16 and 17. The Indiana primary is on May 8, less than two weeks away.
Lugar has been dogged by criticisms from outside conservative groups supporting Mourdock for his moderate stances on taxes and spending, as well as his perceived closeness with Democrats and Barack Obama. Mourdock himself has pushed the idea that Lugar is more in touch with Washington than Indiana. The Lugar campaign has fought back with claims that Mourdock has not fulfilled his duties as state treasurer properly and benefited from illegal tax deductions.