Richard Lugar's ability to reach across the aisle set him apart for more than three decades in the U.S. Senate. But it was that very tendency — and his close relationship with President Obama — that ended Lugar's career Tuesday night with a loss in Indiana's Republican primary.
Many in this bastion of conservative voters still see GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as "not my first choice." Still, the prospect of another term for President Obama is likely to motivate conservatives to fall in line behind Romney, observers say.
The presidential primaries are no longer competitive, but there are three important non-presidential primaries on Tuesday. The first is an Indiana Republican Senate primary in which veteran Senator Dick Lugar's career is on the line. The second is a vote in North Carolina on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage — as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships. The third pivotal vote of the day is the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election. Melissa Block talks with Ron Elving.
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