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May 19, 2012

Lugar's loss in Indiana

Richard Lugar's loss in the Indiana Republican primary came as a bit of a shock to party stalwarts since his opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, is a Tea Party candidate who received support from Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

The loss also boosted the confidence of the more conservative wing of the GOP unhappy with Lugar's willingness to compromise with Democrats. ...

While Lugar will dispute that he did not put up an effective battle and blamed the Super PACs for pouring funds into Indiana to defeat him, his goose was cooked long before the primary ...

Arizona Sen. John McCain ... opined a familiar theme in politics. "The moral of the story is: Don't play defense, play offense," said McCain ...

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.

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