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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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To: SeekAndFind

Awesome news!

Heh...Eric Cantor isn’t looking so good right now. He’s disavowing his own PAC, that supported Lugar. They spent a boatload of money on this race for Lugar.

He made a huge mistake with this pick. I hope he’s learned that the TEA Party is alive, well, and not protesting, but has morphed into a real and functional grassroots operation, electing folks from the local level on up.

Whoever said that the TEA Party is dead is looking pretty silly right now.

61 posted on 05/09/2012 12:11:01 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
[Article, quoting Sen. Lugar]
“....But these divisions are not insurmountable. I agree that people of good will, regardless of party, can work together for the benefit of country.”

That can work, Dick, when one side knows how to hold the other side's feet to the fire without feeding the other side's expectation that soon one will be himself


See ya 'round, Dick. Don't let the door hit you. And take your copy of LOST with you!

62 posted on 05/09/2012 12:54:09 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Carry_Okie
That weasel has every reason to twist the knife on the way out.

If he were a New York or Massachusetts catamite, you could expect that, but Lugar's a Hoosier, after all. They don't do crap like that, like the prison-bound mugs from next door.

63 posted on 05/09/2012 12:58:17 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Dawgreg

Yes, McCain supported Loseger.

Pay attention, Romney

64 posted on 05/09/2012 1:35:49 AM PDT by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: SeekAndFind

The tea it is a-boilin’

65 posted on 05/09/2012 1:43:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: SierraWasp

incorrect. Rush even corrected himself in that Hatch was the top vote getter but not enough to avoid a runoff. Although he got almost enough to avoid it, now the other challengers can get behind the second place person and try to unseat Hatch as well. The results from Indiana may have an effect on Utah.

66 posted on 05/09/2012 2:22:08 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: katykelly

Cornyn is going to support Mourdock? What a shock. Cornyn is for big government and should Mourdock get to the Senate, Cornyn will explain how he goes along with the GOP or gets on no committees. Oh, yeah! Cornyn will teach him how to vote in the Senate. Cornyn is not in favor of the TEA Party in any way, manner, shape or form.

67 posted on 05/09/2012 2:26:42 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: tellw

The difference, Democrat primaries wouldn’t have an Occupy-Wall-Street candidate who was more Progressive(liberal).

68 posted on 05/09/2012 3:20:53 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
From Michelle Malkin

.. Lugar, in the Senate since 1976, has been shown the door. But as Lugar reminded everybody tonight, he’s not finished yet:

“My public service is not concluded,” Lugar told supporters in Indianapolis. “I look forward to what can be achieved in the Senate in the next eight months despite a very difficult national election atmosphere.”

Lame ducks, like wounded animals, can be very dangerous. Gird your coins
69 posted on 05/09/2012 4:07:52 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: A. Morgan
"Dick Lugar is not very popular here, not at all!"

That's certainly understandable, since it seems that he hasn't lived there since 1977.

70 posted on 05/09/2012 4:32:05 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: FarNorth
One of the issues dividing factional interests in Indiana was that of sleeping arrangements. In general the winning faction would seem to want anyone in the Senate and the House to keep and live in a home in Indiana somewhere.

What they do in DC is not on their minds. Or, worse, they just didn't think about what happens after the election.

Former Representative David McIntosh ALSO lost in the fifth district ~ and he'd gotten in trouble by keeping only a rented house in Indiana while he relocated his family to the DC area when he took employment as a lobbyist after he lost his seat earlier.

So, yeah, it's that strict a standard as far as enough of the voters are concerned.

A woman named Brooks won the nomination in the Fifth District so she'll get to figure out where she's going to sleep too ~ this is a pretty much Republican dominated area and it's not likely a Democrat can win the district under any conditions.

So, what does this say about the TEA Party? Well, it may suggest that Governor Christie has influence in Indiana ~ he came out to campaign for Brooks.

It maybe that there are some TEA Party elements we'll just never like ~ think of them as the Lawn Order wing (former prosecutors). Her position on RTL is the standard Republican cop out ~ "I support the Hyde Amendment" ~ nothing about rolling abortion back. Some Conservatives might have a bit of a problem with her position on FDA approval processes ~ she has openly advocated adopting European methods ~ that's what the Lefties wanted with RU286 ~

In the end you don't get the perfect Conservative, and housing will always be a problem, and as long as you require Congress to meet at just one place residency questions will continue to sway elections.

71 posted on 05/09/2012 5:59:33 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: All

remember it is only a primary, not he election!

72 posted on 05/09/2012 6:37:20 AM PDT by southphilly (Every State should be a right to work State)
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To: SeekAndFind

In Lugar, the Senate would lose one of its few remaining members with a habit of bipartisanship

Translated:”In losing Lugar, the Senate would lose a Republican that the Democrats can count on for votes”

73 posted on 05/09/2012 6:39:12 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: mazda77

Well that’s what I thought. I was uncertain due to thinking I may have had my mind numbed robotic ears diverted by the call of duty since I’m only semi-retired.

74 posted on 05/09/2012 8:44:42 AM PDT by SierraWasp ("GovernMental austerity first, THEN conservative prosperity!!! Austerity breeds properity!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Buried in the article:

“Let’s do away with the Department of Education, Energy, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development,” Mourdock told ABC News in an April phone interview, and he has also has proposed ending the IRS. Mourdock has suggested that Paul Ryan’s budget doesn’t go far enough, and he released his own rough plan last year to shrink spending by $7.6 trillion in 10 years (Ryan’s would reduce it by $5.5 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office).

I'd call this a "good first step" ... a sterling example of "reasonable budget control" that we can all support.

75 posted on 05/09/2012 8:59:39 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: elkfersupper; ElkGroveDan

To: ElkGroveDan
I guess you and I are old f@rts.

Never thought I’d see Dylan quoted in a conservative context. It fits PERFECTLY...

76 posted on 05/09/2012 11:01:49 AM PDT by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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