By Paige Winfield Cunningham-The Washington Times
Tea partyÂ sympathizers continue shellingÂ Sen. Richard G. LugarÂ of Indiana as they work to defeat him in next weekâ€™s primary, which is shaping up as the premiere chance for the political movement to capture a senior Republican scalp in this yearâ€™s elections.
The pressure onÂ Mr. Lugar, a six-term incumbent, grew Wednesday when taxpayer advocateÂ Grover NorquistÂ andÂ Rep. Michele BachmannÂ of Minnesota became the latest to endorse his opponent, state TreasurerÂ Richard Mourdock. A new poll found the two in a dead heat ahead of Tuesdayâ€™s contest.
Mr. LugarÂ has enjoyed decades of popularity in the state, but his across-the-aisle style of legislating has left him vulnerable in a political environment wary of bipartisan deal-making. He is struggling to sell his experience to voters as a benefit even as he defends a long history of votes that are catching up to him.
â€œThis would have been the opportunity forÂ LugarÂ to acknowledge the mistakes he made in â€˜82 and â€˜90 signing on to massive tax increases,â€Mr. NorquistÂ said. â€œHe could have said to the people of Indiana, â€˜Iâ€™m never going to fall for that again,â€™ but instead he said, â€˜Iâ€™m willing to be fooled again.â€™ Thatâ€™s a curious position.â€
Overall, theÂ tea partyÂ has been quieter compared with 2010, when activists defeatedÂ GOPÂ incumbents or preferred establishment candidates in Utah, Alaska, Delaware, Nevada, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
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