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The Charm Offensive

Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) is 42 points ahead of his challenger, former state senator Dan Liljenquist, 62–20, in the latest poll for the Salt Lake Tribune. Senator Dick Lugar (R., Ind.), on the other hand, is five points behind his opponent, …

Maine’s Wide-Open Primary

When Senator Olympia Snowe (R., Me.) unexpectedly announced she would retire at the end of her term, the Pine Tree State’s political scene erupted. Six candidates have entered the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Snowe, and all of th…

Kelly’s Second Act

By outspending her opponent two to one, Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) held onto her congressional seat in the Republican shellacking of 2010. After the horrific shooting that cut her third term short, Giffords resigned in January, and G…

Utah’s Next Senator?

In 1976, a little-known lawyer named Orrin Hatch won the Republican nomination to challenge Utah’s two-term Democratic senator, Frank Moss. That November, Hatch’s nine-point triumph over Moss was considered “the Cinderella campaign of…

Lugar Attacks!

In person, Senator Dick Lugar (R., Ind.) is a model of probity. “His personal style is very moderate and very pleasant,” says Jeff Bergner, a former staffer. “He tries whenever he can to get someone to come around to his side by persu…

Lugar Plays It Safe in the Senate

John Shaw recently wrote a biography of Indiana’s senior senator entitled Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate: Crafting Foreign Policy from Capitol Hill. The book tells the story of “one of the most widely respected foreign policy exp…

The Establishment Strikes Back

‘Don’t take the risk,” warns the American Action Network in a new television ad against Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The 501(c)(4) organization is spending $590,000 on advertising to thwart the Republican insurgent’…

Mourdock’s Chances

On May 8, Indiana Republicans will determine the fate of their longtime standard-bearer in the Senate, Dick Lugar. His opponent, state treasurer Richard Mourdock, is only seven points behind in the latest Howey/DePauw University poll, 42–35. Luga…