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Even Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), Lugar’s most prominent public backer, acknowledged Mourdock’s long career in Indiana politics would make him a good Senator.
“Richard Mourdock is a credible guy,” Daniels told Roll Call. “He’s not somebody who appeared from nowhere on the fringe of politics. He’s a two-term official elected statewide.”
Mourdock had help with his once-fledgeling campaign. Most notably, outside groups have spent more than $2.3 million on the effort to defeat Lugar. After Mourdock received the Club for Growth’s endorsement in February, the money spigot turned on.
“Hard work pays off — it really does,” Mourdock said after the fried chicken dinner. “Mr. Lugar’s campaign has made some tactical errors as they’ve approached things, and that’s just the nature of campaigning: One side does it the right way, and one side does it the wrong way, and in the end, it all gets added up, somebody wins, somebody loses.”