May 8th, 2012
10:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Longest-serving GOP senator loses primary fight

Indianapolis (CNN) - Indiana voters retired Dick Lugar on Tuesday after 36 years in the Senate, punishing him for the qualities he considered assets: seniority, expertise in foreign policy and a penchant for bipartisan cooperation.

Hoosier Republicans overwhelmingly chose to replace Lugar with Richard Mourdock, a longtime GOP operative who benefited from manpower and money from tea party activists and outside groups determined to topple the six-term veteran.


Filed under: 2012 • Dick Lugar • Indiana
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Get rid off this old junk for this nation's sake and fight for passage of senate and congress term limits, so that you see progress and real change. Obama pl., do in second term.

    May 8, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This primary race is a win-win for Democrats. If Lugar wins, then that means one less Tea Party extremist in Congress. If Lugar loses, then that means Republicans lose the seat because their candidate is too extremist, and unwilling to compromise. Compromise is what independents want to break the gridlock that the Tea Party has brought to the Congress.

    May 8, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. vote_them_out

    36 years in the Senate, this is why we need term limits in Congress

    May 8, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. KJ

    And the Republican party continues its march right, to the edge of the cliff.

    May 8, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    That is because Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum (neither of whom hold any political office) would rather see someone who is ideologically pure than someone who knows how to get the job done. While I have no doubt that a Republican will be elected from Utah, the Democrats will have a great opportunity of picking up Lugar's seat, along with that of Scott Brown and Olympia Snow.

    May 8, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. No plan + no solution + always complaining = GOP

    Serves him right. The GOP will now learn some lesson on allowing the Tea Party to dictate policy instead of the majority of the country.

    May 8, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |

    A senator who is a foreign policy expert and who is willing to work across the aisle is being primaried. This just goes to show how extreme the republican party has become. Not your granddad's republican party.

    May 8, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. gt

    new blood both parties ... these senators who have been there for decades is nuts....clean house of all those to old , been there to long.thank they are elected for life senators.....

    May 8, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republican agenda , get nothing done and blame it on Obama, and the bafoons think their going to get elected in Nov. Dem landslide coming accept in the hick southern states that don't matter!!!!

    May 8, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Why would anyone vote for any Republican? They've proven they don't care about this country. Repeatedly.

    May 8, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Larry L

    Republicans have made the Senate dysfunctional following Mitch McConnell's only goal of making President Obama a one-term President. They've significantly slowed the progress of our recovery and seriously hurt working people. Independents will make them pay for this dishonorable activity – a much brighter group than the Tea Party radicals.

    May 8, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Bill

    While I am sorry to see a moderate who can work across the aisle go, this is a good opportunity for the democrats. His opponent Mourdock, has already proclaimed that he has no intention of compromising if he gets to Washington. People are tired of this obstructionist garbage. This seat will flip to Democrats in November, as Mourdock will be much easier to beat.

    May 8, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Mario

    Lugar needs to run for senate as a 3 party or Independent. KEEP THE PARTY OUT.

    May 8, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. s.s

    Still more shocks and shellacking ahead!!

    May 8, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    A sad loss for America, moderation and bipartisanship. Also interesting how the other GOBP cultists mentioned in the article spoke about Lugar's strategy rather than discuss the substance of his comments. Lugar is 100% correct, .and the GOBP cult is sliding ever further into a toxic cesspool of bigotry, ignorance and irrelevance.

    May 9, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |