More 2012: Lugar vs. Mourdock is close, per Dem poll

INDIANA: A Democratic poll shows Lugar up 45%-39% in the primary over state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

MASSACHUSETTS: It was a tough go for Elizabeth Warren on St. Patrick’s Day, as Scott Brown received what the Boston Globe called “native-son status.” “Elizabeth Warren is a Democrat running for US Senate in Massachusetts, but the challenge she will face this election year was typified in the native-son greeting given to Scott Brown as the Republican incumbent was embraced at this year’s South Boston St. Patrick’s Day political roast,” the Globe writes. “Brown sat center stage, next to the podium, while Warren sat a row behind and outside the range of the head-on television shot. His eldest daughter, Ayla, was made part of the program, singing ‘God Bless America’ even before Warren was given a chance to speak. Brown also got to speak at the top of the program, when the audience is presumably largest, while Warren got to speak toward the end, a time when many Southie residents head out to their annual parade down Broadway.”

NEW JESREY: “A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll in New Jersey finds Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) ahead by double digits over Joe Kyrillos (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 33%,” Political Wire writes.

NEW YORK: “Queens Democrats have chosen state Assemblywoman Grace Meng of Queens to run for retiring Congressman Gary Ackerman’s seat, according to two sources close to the party,” the New York Daily News reports. “Potential candidates met with party elders Sunday to make their pitch to run in the redrawn 6th Congressional District, which would be more than 37% Asian.”

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