Lugar Backed by Democratic Ex-Senator DeConcini

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Arizona Democratic State Sen. Steve Gallardo, left, with former Sen. Dennis DeConcini on Capitol Hill.

Senator Dick Lugar, fighting for his political life ahead of next week’s Republican primary in Indiana, will take campaign contributions from any friend willing to help him in his time of need — even a Democrat.

Dennis DeConcini, a former U.S. Senator from Arizona, donated $1,000 on April 30 to Lugar’s re-election campaign, according to federal campaign finance disclosures. Lugar faces a stiff challenge from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has backing from some anti-tax groups.

DeConcini was first elected to the Senate in 1976 with Lugar, part of a huge 17-member freshman class that included Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and Republicans John Danforth of Missouri and John Chafee of Rhode Island. DeConcini, who sometimes voted with Republicans, was re-elected twice and didn’t seek re-election in 1994.

The only other senator first elected in 1976 who is still serving is Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who faces a primary challenge next month.

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