By NVONews.com Correspondent,
Washington DC: Even as Mitt Romney swept three Republican primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia, moving closer to sealing the party nomination for November Presidential polls against President Barack Obama, a good friend of India in the Congress, the six-term Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, has lost the primary Senate elections in his state. He played a key role in passage of the civil nuclear deal during Bush Administration.
On the other hand Romney faced no serious opposition in primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia.
The Massachusetts Governor spent Thursday campaigning in Michigan, where he attacked Obama as an “old-school liberal” and claimed that the President’s policies would take the country backward.
In the absence of serious competition, Romney was able to collect the bulk of the 100 delegates at stake in Tuesday’s primaries. He has 934 of the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
The Grand Old Party will officially nominate its candidate for the Presidential elections in its convention in Tampa, Florida at the end of August. Romney’s former rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have already dropped their bid for the presidency. As already reported Santorum had endorsed Romney’s candidature late on Monday night in an email to supporters.
Now, Ron Paul, who has so far secured an estimated 92 delegates, remains in the Republican race. Romney now seeks to portray himself as an underdog against the President, saying. “We’re gonna have to fight very, very hard to break through the clutter of the charges and the attacks and the efforts to dissuade people from looking at his record,” he told Fox News.
Meanwhile, a Gallup/USA Today poll of 12 swing states released this week, suggests that Obama’s lead has come down in the recently. He edged out Romney 47 per cent to 45 per cent. The result is within the poll’s four-point margin of error. In March Obama held a nine-point lead, but then Romney was not so sure about his candidature.
On the other hand Lugar’s defeat at the hands of Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock brought to an end to the political career of one of the longest serving Republican Senator spanning more than three and half decades. He was the main target for national conservative groups, including the fiscally conservative Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association and the Tea Party-affiliated FreedomWorks, who spent more than $3 million in advertisement against him.
India will be missing him as he was also the architect of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill that assured Pakistan more than $7.5 billion in US aid to Pakistan in five years.