Skip to comments.Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar
Posted on 05/08/2012 5:29:23 PM PDT by Steelfish
Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar
By Kim Geiger May 8, 2012 Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary, according to an Associated Press projection, ending the career of one of the Senates most pragmatic politicians and casting a cloud over GOP efforts to win control of the chamber.
Mourdock, state treasurer in Indiana, campaigned as a conservative alternative to Lugar. He became a darling of the tea party movement after he began a legal challenge to the terms of the Obama administrations bailout of Chrysler.
Mourdock was endorsed by Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Lugar had the backing of the party establishment, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Mourdock will face Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, a three-term congressman from the South Bend area, this fall. The matchup is the preferred outcome for Democrats, who view Lugars ouster as an opportunity to pick up a longtime Republican seat.
"Richard Mourdock is this year's Ken Buck," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil. Buck was a tea-party-backed Republican who upset the establishment favorite in the GOP primary in Colorado in 2010, only to lose in November. "Tonight's results make the Indiana Senate race a toss-up."
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Congratulations on finally getting rid of Dick Lugar tonight!
Do you have any idea how Mourdock will do vs. Donnelly in the November election? Supposedly the democRATs are "salivating" over the chance to run against Mourdock...
Mittens is a beaten dead horse. He can’t out Liberal Soetoro. Mittens needs the mushy middle and the ‘Rat base to vote for him. Not gonna happen. The GOPe is gasping for air.
I'm sure that sounds even more tragically poetic in the original French.
Congradulations’ digger....Indiana is leading the way for sure! Toast to you!
What? Wait a minute! This is impossible! I heard that the Tea Party is a spent force! The MSM said so!
I wonder if Lugar is now going to run as an Independent ala Murk that cow fom Alaska.
See my post 21
You let these RINOS into the party they think they got a right to take over the place. They have to be blocked from the top slots
....... a tragedy for the Senate ....and a blow to the institution.
Music to my ears! Cry dem blues, Johnny!
Was music to me as well...Loved it!
The judicial races may be instructive.
http://grassrootsidgop.wordpress.com/list-of-states-with-open-and-closed-primaries/ ~ Indiana is listed as OPEN PRIMARY which means Democrats could have crossed over in large numbers to make sure Romney got in.
Time for them to purge their leadership of false leaders perhaps? Maybe OVERDUE!
Yeah. It even sounds real good with a country accent. Try it!
I’m so happy that New World Order Trash is out...how many more left?
I know... And the fag governor Schwarzenegger and his fag administration and Kalifornia's Democrat fag legislature shrugged, failed to appeal (or even give a damn), and that was the end of that. Kalifonia voters apparently also shrugged and went back to sleep. Or meditated, whatever.
That is not likely to happen in North Carolina. If a single Democrat fag judge "overrules" the amendment it WILL be appealed.
And appealed and appealed, again and again.
[Indiana has a sore loser law. Stick a fork in Lugar, hes done.]
yep, Joe Miller tweeted about the sore loser law earlier. Lugar cannot pull a Murkowski.
This is a tremendous win, and yet another sign that the electorate is wide awake. The tea party is certainly alive.
My only argument in this coverage is that Mourdock is no upstart. He is already a statewide elected official. He’ll be a huge asset in Washington because he has the bedrock conservative principles. Beyond that, he is no newbie.
Donnelly is from the area where Obama was fraudulently put on the ballot. Lots of problems IIRC he was even gerrymandered out of a district. weak....weakest from a weak area.
Yup. Lugar is a RINO and IIRC a gun grabber, too. Is the replacement pro-gun?
Let's see... Mourdock is the state treasurer so he's already won statewide before and Ken Buck was a county D.A. running statewide.
Yeah those are exactly the same. /s
I understand why Daniels supported Lugar since working for Lugar gave him his start in Indiana politics. It's a loyalty thing. One of the Senate's octogenarians, Lugar could've stepped aside gracefully. Maybe having defeated the incumbent a the primary helps Mourdock with momentum in ways become heir apparent does not.
Obama will lose Indiana by 17%, but they think the Dem challenger can pick up the seat? Don’t see that at all.
(...Things are looking up this evening....)
Yea...cracked me right up when I read it...so did your response!
It's so great to laugh and enjoy these wins....refreshing hardly says enough for me! I got tired of carrying my chin on my foot...really!
“I expect Lugar to run as an independent,”
Can’t happen. Indiana has a sore loser law.
This is GREAT news — but you do realize, of course, that the Republican Establishment will do everything in their power to make sure this seat goes Democrat. They did that in 2010 and in races before that.
“Sen. John Kerry called the loss....... a tragedy for the Senate ....and a blow to the institution.”
A Republican who votes with Democrats on the most important issues got whacked by his constituents for it.
Find another patsy, john. this one is TOAST...
great news. another payoff for us conservatives. we have to continue to dig deep and give more to our own.
Excellent. And I’ll be even happier when Utah tosses Orrin Hatch like yesterday’s garbage.
“After Florida, there was an exit poll that said he was pulling about half the Tea Partiers then.”
A lot of Freepers forget that the Tea Party just isn’t Christian Conservatives.
In my area, the “Tea Party” is mostly Constitution Party, and Libertarian types. And many DEMOCRATS turned out for the Tea Parties, too, realizing they had been sold down the river, and that Obama wasn’t who they thought they were voting for.
To top off a good day, Jackie Walorski won in the Indiana Second! (South Bend)
Oh sure. That must be what happened. Otherwise the true choice of rock-ribbed conservatives, Dr. Ron Paul, would have won the Indiana primary walking away.
I expect Lugar to run as an independent,
Cant happen. Indiana has a sore loser law.
For crying out loud, Lugar’s had ENOUGH time in our government!! Time to put on the plaid shorts and lock him up forever at the old RINO country club.
You fail to understand the tea party. The tea party movement is centered on the understanding that massive deficits, excessive taxation and regulation, and cronyism will cause America's economy to collapse.
Social conservatives who are wise will be glad for the tea party movement and will help pitch a big tent in the near term while seeking converts to the social conservative cause over the medium term. Foolish social conservatives with no wisdom and no game will demand that the tea party movement be anti-abortion and anti-gay from the start and in this way weaken and divide it.
Obama, the leftists in general, and Satan are counting on the short-sighted social conservatives to save them from the tea party movement.
I am sure getting tired of all of this defeatist crap.
Buck up, folks! What would Limbaugh do? What would Reagan do?
Fools see this as a problem. Wise people know that this is a golden opportunity.
For the first time ever there are millions of formerly solid Democratic voters asking themselves where the money is going to come from to close the deficit and fund the entitlement programs.
Previously the 'Rat politicians simply said that the corporations and the top earners had plenty of money to pay for everything and more, and that all we needed to do was raise taxes. Obama is running on this. Yet many Americans for the first time are seeing that this just isn't so. Now is the time to show these folks what self-serving liars the leftists are.
It really depends on the TEA party. Some are TEA party in name only. Some are inventions of the democrats. Some are Ron Paul. Some are tax only. Some are full conservative - economy, social, defense.
That is why you must be very careful as to knowing what any particular TEA party is about.
They did a survey of TEA parties and found that social conservatives made up 47% of the TEA parties they surveyed. Social conservatives were the largest group within the TEA parties, just as they are the largest group within the republican party.
Survey | Religion and the Tea Party in the 2010 Elections
Nearly Half of Tea Party Movement also identify with Christian Conservative Movement
Both the democrats and the RINOs would love to kill off both the social conservatives and the TEA party. For all their talk about social conservatives being a problem, given what has happened all around tonight, I’d say those marxists and socialists are not having very much success.
Awwwwwww. Isn't it sweet how The LaLaLand Times comes to Sen. Lugar's defense?
I'll bet they were so-o-o-o-o-o looking forward to endorsing him over whoever his RAT opponent would've been.
Did I mention before, the totally democrat county I moved to thirty years ago, elected 100% republicans to office in 2010? (And to think: Bill Clinton and Monica started the switch/best thing WJC ever did)
"cause otherwise you can't get their votes.
And just how many Democrat voters are you going to find to make up the deficiency?
I"d think giving up the baby killing thing would be very easy to do IF you are really serious about politics and want to win. (not to be all that cynical, but good gosh "fiscal soundness' requires we have a constant, steady supply of new citizens).
You might say a Lugie was just ex-Specterated....
The Establishment did that in at least three or four races in 2010. They’re the reason the GOP doesn’t control the Senate. They lost on purpose.
That's who Etch a Sketch really is.
Yes, as I said, they lost a number of races on purpose.
I'm sure the GOPe can find a way around it.
***Mourdock was endorsed by Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Lugar had the backing of the party establishment, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).***
How d’ya like them apples, GOPe?
I think TX will nominate Dewhurst because it has heard of him; the people there don’t know Cruz, who can’t match Dewhurst in name ID, which means everything to the uninformed.
That may be asking more than the people of UT are capable of doing.
I think our Republic would be better served if instead of demanding that the tea party movement be lock-step unified over abortion and gays, and beating people about the head with the phrase “baby killing”, conservatives instead talked about the Constitution, the original intent of the founders, federalism, and the proper role of judges. We need to overturn Roe v. Wade but we also need to ditch Social Security and a lot of other New Deal and Great Society garbage. If we focus on the tactics of the leftists (i.e. judicial activism) rather than any specific results (e.g. mandatory legal abortion) we are striking at the real root of the problem and doing so in a way that allows us to pitch a big tent and get the numbers necessary to accomplish our goals.
On the other hand we can just stand outside on street corners waving placards with graphic photos of aborted fetuses and scream at people that we are first and foremost opposed to “baby killing”.
Again, Obama, the leftists, and Satan are hoping that we define ourselves with that second approach rather than the first.