Washington (CNN) - For some lawmakers up for re-election next time around, it seems 2012 isn't all that far away.
One example is six-term Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, who announced earlier this week that he will run for re-election in 2012. His campaign Wednesday put out a poll, which it paid for, that indicates that Lugar has the highest favorable rating of any major politician in the state.
Lugar, who didn't face any Republican primary opposition in his 2006 re-election, is hoping to avoid any serious conservative primary challenge this time around as well.
The most senior Republican member of the Senate has been criticized by some grassroots conservatives and by some potential GOP challengers for his willingness to work with Senate Democrats to seek bipartisan solutions, for his votes in favor of confirming Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Supreme Court, and for his 2008 vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP or the Wall Street bailout.
Lugar has named former aide Emily Krueger as his campaign manager. She is expected to start up an office in Indianapolis in about a month.
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