Mourdock picks up NRA endorsement in GOP primary

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The National Rifle Association is supporting tea-party favorite Richard Mourdock in his GOP primary race against veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

National NRA lobbyist Chris Cox is scheduled Wednesday to announce his group's support for Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer running against Lugar in the May primary.

The Mourdock campaign confirmed the endorsement Tuesday. A handful of high-profile conservative groups have lined up behind Mourdock in his bid to oust Lugar. The anti-tax Club for Growth threw its support behind Mourdock last month.

Lugar's supporters have opened a pair of Super PACs recently to raise unlimited funds to support his re-election campaign.

The NRA endorsement creates more problems for Lugar with his party's conservative base. It also could help Democrats hoping to face off against Mourdock in November.

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