Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) pled with independent and Democratic voters to back his campaign in Tuesday's Republican primary as the six-term senator looks poised to lose his first serious political challenge in decades.
"Our party, at least in Indiana, is only 35 percent of the electorate. In order for anybody to get to the majority, they're going to have to get a lot of other people. So I'm appealing to all the people of Indiana, and I emphasize all, to ask for a Republican ballot today and vote for me," Lugar said Tuesday on CNN.
A recent poll showed Lugar trailing Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has the support of Tea Party groups, by double digits. But Lugar remained optimistic on the morning of election day that he would prevail.