Republicans Urge Democrats To Vote In Primary To Beat Conservative Candidate


Richard Mourdock is a conservative candidate who is challenging RINO Senator Dick Lugar in Indiana. Mourdock has the backing of groups like Freedom Works, the Club for Growth and the American Conservative Union.

Republicans are coming to the incumbent’s aid, though, which might be forgivable. After all, Lugar is the incumbent, and the party has an obligation to stand behind incumbents. But does that obligation extend to inviting Democrats to vote in the Republican primary?

I reported the other day that the Young Guns Network, a group led by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is spending $100,000 in the primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bid to protect the Indiana incumbent – and here’s what some of that mail looks like.

A lit piece that the YG Network dropped focuses, as they’d said it would, on energy policy – but it is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana’s GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote.

“Indiana does not have party registration,” the mail piece says over a picture of a smiling child giving a thumbs-up sign. “You simply need to show up at your polling location on May 8, 2012 to vote for Senator Dick Lugar in the Republican Primary.”

In case anyone didn’t get the point, the piece adds, “You can vote in the May 8th Republican Primary election! The May 8th Election is open to all voters.”

When you’re down to allying yourself with Democrat voters to beat back conservative challengers, it might be time for Republicans to review their priorities.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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