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Lugar, Mourdock report quarterly contributions, available cash

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., raised $842,000 in campaign contributions during the third quarter of this year, his campaign organization has announced, and he has $3.8 million in cash on hand.

Lugar’s challenger in the 2012 Republican primary election, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, raised $438,000 and has $301,000 in cash on hand, Mourdock's campaign said Thursday. The Associated Press reported that Mourdock's total included $100,000 he lent his campaign during the third quarter.

For the election cycle to date, Lugar has raised nearly $3.83 million, while Mourdock has collected about $766,000.

Campaign finance reports for July 1 through Sept. 30 are to be filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Meanwhile, IPFW College Republicans announced that Lugar, who has been in office since 1977, attracted 65 percent of the vote in a straw poll of students during IPFW’s student organization fair last week. Mourdock was favored by 35 percent.

Kyle Sprunger, vice chairman of IPFW College Republicans, said 114 students took part in the straw poll Oct. 5 and 6, meaning 74 students voted for Lugar and 40 chose Mourdock.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 24 percent of the vote to win the IPFW College Republicans’ straw poll for GOP presidential candidates. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., got 20 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 16 percent, businessman Herman Cain with 14 percent and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, with 13 percent.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who has been excluded from most GOP presidential candidates debates, came in fifth with 7 percent of the straw-poll vote. Write-in candidates received 3 percent combined, and Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum each received 1 percent.

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