ByÂ Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. â€” A handful of horses occupied the barn that was the setting Friday evening for Sen.Dick Lugarâ€™s fundraiser here, but there might as well have been an elephant in the room.
After the Hoosier Stateâ€™s senior Senator delivered a history lecture to several dozen supporters about the past nine months on Capitol Hill, he mentioned his re-election campaign â€” briefly.
â€œWe started [in October] to organize in the counties of our state, to raise money and really try to think through with other Senators [the] recent campaigns they have had and how they progressed,â€ the Republican said. â€œAnd itâ€™s been partly an education.â€
After easily winning six terms in the Senate, Lugarâ€™s political future is in peril. Last year, tea-party-backed challengers defeated Senators and candidates more conservative than Lugar. This year, national conservative groups have already focused on the Senator with a reputation for working across the aisle.
The good news for Lugar? Those same groups do not see his primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, as their silver-bullet challenger, in no small part because of his feeble fundraising.
Nonetheless, at the podium Friday evening, host Jim Buechler began his introduction of Lugar with the words, â€œWe hope and pray.â€ Then he paused before continuing: â€œIâ€™m confident he will be representing Indiana in the Senate for the next six years.â€
To read more, visit:Â http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_6/dick-lugar-indiana-senate-207238-1.html?pos=hftxt
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