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Mourdock Defeats Lugar in GOP Indiana Senate Primary
ABC News ^ | 05/08/2012 | Tom William

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 Indiana’s 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 Lugar’s defeat in a statement released to press.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: dicklugar; indiana; mourdock; richardlugar; richardmourdock
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1 posted on 05/08/2012 7:35:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Classy statements by both men. Mourdock is, I think, a first rate guy.


2 posted on 05/08/2012 7:47:14 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone whose defeat Obama laments, I celebrate.


3 posted on 05/08/2012 7:48:34 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


4 posted on 05/08/2012 7:51:00 PM PDT by FarNorth
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To: SeekAndFind

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’.


5 posted on 05/08/2012 7:52:49 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: RobbyS

HALLELUJAH!


6 posted on 05/08/2012 7:53:30 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: FarNorth

Lugar is the type who would do that, look at how he campaigned, and that was “his” seat.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 7:55:44 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: luvbach1

That 22 point win is massive. Even the predicted 10% win was seen as eye-popping here in Indiana. It is just “wow”.


8 posted on 05/08/2012 7:56:19 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (I am the margin of error.)
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To: FarNorth

Dick Lugar is not very popular here, not at all!


9 posted on 05/08/2012 7:57:59 PM PDT by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Next? Orrin Hatch!!! Teddy Kennedy best friend in the Demonicrat Party!!!


10 posted on 05/08/2012 7:57:59 PM PDT by SierraWasp ("GovernMental austerity first, THEN conservative prosperity!!! Austerity breeds properity!!!)
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To: FarNorth

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.”


11 posted on 05/08/2012 8:01:18 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

That 22 point margin sends a very loud message to other establishment RINOS. If they weren’t paying attention before, they are now.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 8:01:41 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: ElkGroveDan
I guess you and I are old f@rts.

I wish I had thought to post those lyrics.

13 posted on 05/08/2012 8:03:29 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Bernard Marx

“..........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?

FU ABC.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 8:04:27 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: FarNorth
I'm not picking on you personally but this is starting to mildly annoy me. Another Freeper and myself have posted multiple times on different Lugar related threads that INDIANA HAS A SORE LOSER LAW!

Dick Lugar is done! He can now spend more quality time with his Grandchildren. If he actually owned a home in Indiana, he could now sell his beltway digs and move back to the state he represented (poorly) for decades.
15 posted on 05/08/2012 8:04:45 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: FarNorth
I'm not picking on you personally but this is starting to mildly annoy me. Another Freeper and myself have posted multiple times on different Lugar related threads that INDIANA HAS A SORE LOSER LAW!

Dick Lugar is done! He can now spend more quality time with his Grandchildren. If he actually owned a home in Indiana, he could now sell his beltway digs and move back to the state he represented (poorly) for decades.
16 posted on 05/08/2012 8:04:45 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: InvisibleChurch
That 22 point win is massive.

Hope it portends a conservative trend in the general.

17 posted on 05/08/2012 8:05:03 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: FarNorth

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.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 8:05:37 PM PDT by superfries
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To: elkfersupper

LOL


19 posted on 05/08/2012 8:06:04 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: A. Morgan

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.


20 posted on 05/08/2012 8:07:30 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

most folks won’t recognize those lyrics...but I do....nice post!


21 posted on 05/08/2012 8:07:50 PM PDT by superfries
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To: FarNorth

I believe Indiana has a “sore loser” law that prevents Lugar from running as an independent after losing a primary. Thankfully so, as he probably would try it.


22 posted on 05/08/2012 8:08:23 PM PDT by Reagan is King
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To: SeekAndFind

Great news.... a wonderful start


23 posted on 05/08/2012 8:08:52 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: ElkGroveDan

I’m lost in the sixties again.... ;)


24 posted on 05/08/2012 8:10:01 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

They mentioned “tea party” twice in the first paragraph.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 8:10:23 PM PDT by tellw
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To: RobbyS
Lugar...is a reach around ass-hole...just like Hatch, Bennet, and Lott.

Bet me on that.

26 posted on 05/08/2012 8:12:24 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ding! Dong! The Dick is out!


27 posted on 05/08/2012 8:12:37 PM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind
..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...

Bravo! 5 federal departments is a good start.

28 posted on 05/08/2012 8:16:03 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: FarNorth
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?

not a chance...Lugar has so much clout that he'll spend the rest of his life making speeches, public appearances, and money. He is also a class "A" individual !!

29 posted on 05/08/2012 8:17:15 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Tailback

Glad to hear about the Sore Loser Law. My main point was the things that the GOPe did. Just didn’t want to see a repeat of that on the fine folks in Indiana.


30 posted on 05/08/2012 8:22:46 PM PDT by FarNorth
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To: FarNorth

Did you click on the link and listen to the speeches ? Lugar was classy and threw his support to Mourdock , Mourdock said the GOP Senate guy , John Cornyn , called and he has their backing . It seems the GOP elite are paying attention , for the moment .


31 posted on 05/08/2012 8:23:29 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: SeekAndFind
President Obama lamented Lugar’s defeat in a statement released to press. “While Dick and I didn’t always agree on everything, I found during my time in the Senate that he was often willing to reach across the aisle and get things done.

"Get things done" = help the Democrat socialists grow government.

32 posted on 05/08/2012 8:23:57 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Theodore R.

That’s not entirely true. Utah saw some good solid conservatives beat the insiders’ choices in congressional races, and forced Hatch into a primary to everyone’s surprise. I think we saw a couple surprises in other states too. West Virginia comes to mind, but I can’t remember the specifics. We also have seen guys like Mandel in Ohio move to the front of the pack in Senate primaries.

Not sure how many states have already voted in primaries (for example here in FL ours isn’t until August).


33 posted on 05/08/2012 8:25:10 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: luvbach1

You celebrate anyone whose defeat Obama laments?

I think you probably mean any defeat which Obama laments you celebrate.


34 posted on 05/08/2012 8:27:28 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: FarNorth

He can’t. Indiana has a sore loser law. He can’t run in he general for any party after losing the primary.


35 posted on 05/08/2012 8:30:47 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: FarNorth

I read someplace, yesterday, that in Indiana, you cannot do that. If you lose a race in a primary, you are not allowed to file as a third party candidate.


36 posted on 05/08/2012 8:31:17 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Tailback
Dick Lugar is done! He can now spend more quality time with his Grandchildren.

***

He can now spend more quality time with his great-great-grandchildren.

Fixed it.

37 posted on 05/08/2012 8:33:03 PM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: SierraWasp

Oh I hope so.......then McConnell, McCain, Graham, Collins......the list goes on.


38 posted on 05/08/2012 8:36:50 PM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Theodore R.

Shocked? You really shouldn’t be. This is the first real opportunity we’ve had to unseat this RINO rather than having the GOP decide for us and we took it.

Far from just bumbling along in a haze, we’ve managed to achieve quite a lot in this state over the past few years, the most recent being the passage of RTW legislation. Many people across the state and the nation worked really hard to make this happen. Maybe you could throw some kudos their way instead of snark.


39 posted on 05/08/2012 8:38:37 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: RobbyS; InterceptPoint; randita

Way to go Hoosiers Good Rino Hunting!!!!!!


40 posted on 05/08/2012 8:45:45 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Osage Orange

But now he is gone. Still a nice concession speech.


41 posted on 05/08/2012 8:48:58 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Theodore R.
This is about the only conservative upset in the whole election year thus far.

Not so. Two weeks ago, we Pennsylvanians rejected a GOP establishment nominee for U.S. Senate. In fact, he finished third behind two TEA Party backed candidates.

42 posted on 05/08/2012 8:53:41 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: izzatzo
He says he wants to see a Republican in the White House

What a shame that his party isn't nominating one.

43 posted on 05/08/2012 8:55:24 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney Republicanism: The blind leading the blind, over a cliff, into the political abyss.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
"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.
Just wait.


44 posted on 05/08/2012 8:59:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Right. I was ambiguous.


45 posted on 05/08/2012 9:02:54 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good Riddance DICK Lugar.


46 posted on 05/08/2012 9:04:19 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: SierraWasp

I believe Utah is already voted and Orrin squeaked it out. Or was kowtowing to the tea party before the election, I heard on Rush that he was safe.


47 posted on 05/08/2012 9:05:58 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Oh the foes will rise
With the sleep still in their eyes
And they’ll jerk from their beds and think they’re dreamin’
But they’ll pinch themselves and squeal
And they’ll know that it’s for real
The hour when the ship comes in
And they’ll raise up their hands
And say “we’ll meet all your demands”
But we’ll shout from the bow
“Your days are numbered!”
And like Pharaoh’s tribe
They’ll be drowned in the tide
And like Goliath
They’ll be conquered.


48 posted on 05/08/2012 9:08:27 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: terycarl

Yeah, Class “A”$$hole!


49 posted on 05/08/2012 9:08:54 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: FarNorth

“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?”

Under Indiana law, a person who loses a contested primary cannot run in the general election. That includes running under a different party or as an independent.


50 posted on 05/08/2012 9:17:42 PM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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