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    Conservatives are heard in elections in Indiana, N.C.

    Six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was routed by the right flank of his own Republican Party on Tuesday, and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban. It was a double-barreled show of conservative enthusiasm and strength six months before the nation chooses between Democratic President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney.

    Romney swept three Republican primaries, moving ever closer to sealing his nomination in an otherwise sharply polarized environment.

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