Skip to comments.Mourdock Defeats Lugar in GOP Indiana Senate Primary
Posted on 05/08/2012 7:35:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sen. Richard Lugar, the third longest-serving member of the Senate, went down to a primary defeat tonight to his Tea Party-backed opponent in the Republican primary. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, backed by tea partiers and conservative campaign groups outside the state, ousted Lugar in Indianas GOP primary, the Associated Press projected.
Mourdock will face Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in November.
In Lugar, the Senate would lose one of its few remaining members with a habit of bipartisanship. In Mourdock, Lugar has been unseated by a mild-mannered, twice-elected statewide official who wants to eliminate five federal departments and cut more spending than House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would.
I hope that Richard Mourdock prevails in November so that he can contribute to that Republican majority in the Senate, Lugar said in his concession speech. We are experiencing deep political divisions in our society right now. And these divisions have stalemated progress in critical areas. These divisions have stalemated progress in critical areas. But these divisions are not insurmountable. I agree that people of good will, regardless of party, can work together for the benefit of country.
Mourdock began his acceptance speech by leading a round of applause for Lugar.
When I began this campaign, Sen. Lugar was not my enemy. He is not now my enemy; he will never be my enemy. He was, simply, over the last 15 months, my opponent, Mourdock said. Hoosiers want to see Republicans inside the U.S. Senate take a more conservative track.
President Obama lamented Lugars defeat in a statement released to press.
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Classy statements by both men. Mourdock is, I think, a first rate guy.
Anyone whose defeat Obama laments, I celebrate.
Now hope Lugar doesn’t pull a Lisa Murkowsky backed up by the GOPe. Remember how they pulled the rug out from under Joe Miller?
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
Lugar is the type who would do that, look at how he campaigned, and that was “his” seat.
That 22 point win is massive. Even the predicted 10% win was seen as eye-popping here in Indiana. It is just “wow”.
Dick Lugar is not very popular here, not at all!
Next? Orrin Hatch!!! Teddy Kennedy best friend in the Demonicrat Party!!!
But, according to this from FoxNews.com, Lugar will support Mourdock:
“After returns from the primary came in, Lugar conceded to Mourdock before a crowd of supporters. He says he wants to see a Republican in the White House and will support Mourdock in his race against Democrat Joe Donnelly for the Senate seat.”
That 22 point margin sends a very loud message to other establishment RINOS. If they weren’t paying attention before, they are now.
I wish I had thought to post those lyrics.
“..........In Lugar, the Senate would lose one of its few remaining members with a habit of bipartisanship.”
ABC News loves RINOs, Dem-Lites.
Have you ever heard of Schumer or Harkin ever compromising their collective, tax and spend, pro-gay, pro-illegal, pro-Muslim positions?
Hope it portends a conservative trend in the general.
Miller should have stood up for himself....instead he just kinda sat back and let it happen to him..........I hope Lugar and the GOPe do not try this in Indiana.
This is about the only conservative upset in the whole election year thus far. I am shocked that IN people didn’t stick the one they recognize.