The Republican Party in Indiana will not be sending Dick Lugar into the fray this year. His candidacy for the US Senate has been put aside in favor of a Tea Party activist Richard Mourdock. Mordock won handily with 60% of the vote.
This could mean a shift in the Senate, as Murdock probably has a much lower chance of defeating the Democratic nominee, Joe Donnelly, than did Lugar, who has held that seat since shortly after Indiana became a state. Or at least some think so:
The polling has long shown that moderate Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly, a former small business owner and House member from the South Bend area, had no shot against Lugar but does stand a chance against Mourdock, a tea party favorite with big-dollar support from the Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association and FreedomWorks.
This could be a game changer. There are only 10 Senators. Remember last election?