Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar has fallen behind state Treasurer Richard Mourdock by five points, according to a new poll released exclusively to POLITICO.
The survey, taken Tuesday and Wednesday by Wenzel Strategies on behalf of Citizens United, places Mourdock at 44 percent and Lugar at 39 percent. Nearly 17 percent remain undecided with just 12 days to go until the Indiana Senate primary.The poll, sponsored by Citizens United, of 601 likely primary voters has a 4% confidence interval. It confirms the result of Mourdock's internal poll earlier this month.
Notably, Dick Lugar's over-hyped press conference yesterday afternoon was in the middle of the two day sample, so the full effect of that has probably not been factored in, but, honestly, the press conference was such a dud I doubt it moved any voters. Jim Shella covered it for WISH 8:
After building up expectations about surprising new revelations about Richard Mourdock, the final announcement yesterday--that twenty years ago Mourdock indicated that he supported the fairness doctrine--was a let down. Whatever Mourdock's position in 1992, he certainly does not support the fairness doctrine today. Mourdock spokesman Chris Conner had this to say about the Lugar press event:
“This is a truly pathetic attempt by the Lugar campaign to manufacture media attention as their campaign hemorrhages in the polls.”Kurt Luidhardt's reaction on twitter captured the moment perfectly: