Washington (CNN) – Last year Indiana Republicans said no to Sen. Richard Lugar. Now the former six-term senator will join a club that includes only a handful of other former senators.
Tuesday evening Lugar will attend a ceremony at the British Embassy in the nation's capital, where he'll be bestowed the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN) - Richard Lugar's landslide loss in Tuesday's Indiana Republican primary isn't just a 36-year veteran getting tossed out of office before he wanted to go.
It's also the latest blow to the political center in an increasingly polarized Senate.
Washington (CNN) - With longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar going down in defeat, Democrats were quick to paint the conservative candidate who beat him in Indiana's primary as "too extreme."
The result in Indiana was what Democrats had hoped for, but as the old proverb goes: "Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true."
Indianapolis (CNN) – As soon as 36-year Senate veteran Richard Lugar finished his concession speech Tuesday, he walked off the stage, out the back door and into his car.
But he left behind something unusual and - in the annals of politics - somewhat extraordinary.
Lugar had his aides distribute a prepared statement that was part detailed defense of his ill-fated and often maligned campaign strategy, and part stark warning to both parties about the divisive state of American politics - starting with Richard Mourdock, the Republican who beat him.
(CNN) - Six-term Sen. Richard Lugar, who CNN projected would lose his bid for the GOP Senate nomination in Indiana, issued the following statement shortly after his concession speech Tuesday night:
I would like to comment on the Senate race just concluded and the direction of American politics and the Republican Party. I would reiterate from my earlier statement that I have no regrets about choosing to run for office. My health is excellent, I believe that I have been a very effective Senator for Hoosiers and for the country, and I know that the next six years would have been a time of great achievement. Further, I believed that vital national priorities, including job creation, deficit reduction, energy security, agriculture reform, and the Nunn-Lugar program, would benefit from my continued service as a Senator. These goals were worth the risk of an electoral defeat and the costs of a hard campaign.
Washington (CNN) - Richard Lugar had it all - a sterling global reputation, bipartisan respect, a fat campaign bank account and 36 years of Senate experience.
But somewhere along the line he forgot Tip O'Neill's old axiom: all politics is local.
(CNN) - Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will defeat U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar to win the Republican nomination for the seat Lugar has held since 1976, CNN projects. Lugar is the most senior Republican in the Senate.
(CNN) – Dick Lugar is facing dim re-election prospects due to a tea party-backed primary challenger. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.
(CNN) – At the close of one of the toughest primary challenges dealt an incumbent this year, Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana argued in an interview Tuesday that he is one of the bright spots in a body many see dimly.
"The public as a whole may be unhappy with one party or the other, but they're very unhappy with the Congress as a whole for their inability to make decisions," Lugar told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. "I'm a person who makes sure we do get on with it, that there is progress, and with personal vigor I argue with people.
(CNN) – The latest poll in Indiana's hard-fought Republican Senate primary shows Sen. Dick Lugar, the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate, facing a ten-point deficit against his challenger Richard Mourdock.
With Indiana voters set to hit the polls on Tuesday, the Howey-DePauw University survey showed Mourdock at 48% and Lugar at 38%. Those figures included respondents who said they were leaning toward a candidate, as well as people who said they were firm in their choice.