State Treasurer Richard Mourdock has pulled ahead of incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in the Indiana Republican primary, according to a new McLaughlin & Associates poll. The poll, conducted April 16th-17th, shows likely Republican Primary voters prefer Mourdock 42 percent to 41 percent. An earlier March 26th-28th Howey/DePauw poll had Lugar up seven, 42 to 35.
Mourock was recently endorsed by National Review, whose editors wrote:
Lugar is a decent man who has in the past been more reliable than not on a number of important conservative issues. Arlen Specter he is not. But we can do better. Mr. Mourdock strikes us, for instance, as a man who would not cast votes, as Lugar did, to confirm Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Nor would he co-sponsor the DREAM Act, support the auto bailouts, or oppose the Vitter amendment to limit taxpayer-funded abortion, as Lugar did and does.
The McLaughlin & Associates poll was paid for by the Mourdock campaign.