TERRE HAUTE —
The Associated Press news service has declared Republican challenger Richard Mourdock winner in a fierce battle with U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar for that party’s nomination. A bulletin moved at 7:45 p.m. today.
The victory for Mourdock, heavily backed by tea party supporters, unseats Lugar, a six-term incumbent whose credentials were questioned as not being conservative enough.
With 2,290 (or 43 percent) of Indiana’s 5,330 precincts reporting, Mourdock had 185,110 votes to Lugar’s 121,795 — a 60 percent to 40 percent lead.
In Vigo County, with all of its 87 precincts reporting, Mourdock won 3,801 votes to Lugar’s 2,790.
Mourdock will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly in November. Donnelly was unopposed in the primary.