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Lugar Leads Mourdock by Just Six in Dem Poll

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., leaves the floor after the Senate passed legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for just two months, setting the stage for another fight in February. The action also extends long-term unemployment benefits for another two months and requires President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline within 60 days unless he declares the project would not serve the national interest. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

March 19, 2012
In the last six weeks, Lugar's faced an onslaught of questions from opponents and the media about his residency. He lives in northern Virginia but is registered to vote in the Hoosier state at the address of a home he sold in 1977. The state has ruled that he is eligible to run for reelection but a county elections board ruled last week that he is not eligible to vote. Lugar has outraised Mourdock, whose fundraising has lagged throughout his campaign. He's also outspent him on TV. But in recent weeks, Mourdock has been cobbling together a coalition of influential supports including the anti-tax Club For Growth and the National Rifle Association. A National Research poll conducted for Lugar in early February showed him leading Mourdock 55 percent to 30 percent. The Donnelly campaign poll of 500 likely Republican primary voters was conducted by Global Strategy Group from March 12-15 and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.
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