April 15, 2012


A Tale of Two Incumbents

The Hotline notes the vastly different circumstances of two old bull Republican Senators: Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

"The consensus around Sen. Richard Lugar's re-election bid has changed markedly, from all-out optimism that he would easily dispatch challenger Richard Mourdock to downright pessimism, bordering on resignation... Meanwhile, things keep looking better for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. He announced strong fundraising numbers this week -- over $3 million in the bank for a potential primary (former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist has $242,000 after putting in $300,000 of his own money). And it still seems possible he could avoid a primary altogether: a poll his campaign released of convention delegates showed him with 61 percent support, just above the 60 percent threshold needed to win the nomination outright."










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