United States Senate Election in Indiana, 2012

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The United States Senate Election in Indiana, 2012 will take place on November 6, 2012. The Senate Election will be held concurrently with the United States Presidential Election. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Richard Lugar is running for re-election to a seventh term.

Important Dates

  • May 8, 2012: Primary Elections
  • November 6, 2012: General Election

Primary Elections


Republican Party

Democratic Party



July 20: Richard Lugar releases his first television commercial of his 2012 re-election campaign. The ad will air statewide in Indiana starting today and will run through July 29.

See the television commercial: The President Doesn't Understand Job Growth

July 14: Richard Lugar raises $900,000 in the second quarter of 2011 for his re-election campaign and has $3.54 million in cash on hand. Richard Mourdock's campaign on the other hand raised $300,000 in the second quarter.

July 8: 2012 GOP Primary candidate Richard Mourdock says that incumbent Richard Lugar has lost touch with his constituents as he is too focused on foreign policy. In an interview, Mourdock said

"People in Indiana want to see fiscal controls, they want to see someone who’s with them regularly back there, not just someone sitting in Washington, D.C. thinking about the lofty issues of foreign affairs. People in Indiana care less about democracy in the Middle East than they care about Hoosier jobs moving to China."

Though Lugar has polled well in General Elections in Indianan, Mourdock was quick to point out that primaries are different.

"His poll numbers among the general public are one thing, his poll numbers among primary voters are totally different,”

February 22: Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock announces that he is running for the US senate seat from Indian in the 2012 election.

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