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Opponents of Indiana Senator Richard Lugar are turning to the courts in their attempt to force him off the primary ballot.
The bipartisan Indiana Election Commission unanimously rejected an argument that Lugar's not eligible to run because he sold his Indiana home when he first went to the Senate in 1977. The commission says members of Congress fall under a provision covering people "in service to the state," and says Lugar's last Indiana address is frozen in place until his term in the Senate ends.
Two Indiana attorneys general have given Lugar advisory letters stating they believe he's on solid legal ground. Attorney Eric Bohnet argues Lugar's intent to return is enough to shield him from a Charlie White-style vote fraud charge, but not enough to meet the requirement that a senator be a resident of the state he represents.
The Lugar campaign had no comment beyond a prepared statement saying the suit is no surprise. The campaign blames Lugar's GOP primary challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, for the suit, and dismisses it as "silly-season games."
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