Mourdock finishes at 61% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting. #INSen—
Richard Mourdock (@Mourdock4Senate) May 09, 2012
Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock has crushed incumbent Senator Dick Lugar for the Republican nomination in Indiana. Just a month ago, Lugar was considered the favorite in this race. A Howey/DePauw poll showed Lugar up by 7 points, 42 to 35. It appears that undecided voters broke overwhelmingly for Mourdock.
holy shit mourdock beat that ass—
team mock (@Doingworkdaily) May 09, 2012
Apparently the Tea Party didn’t know it is supposed to be dead:
@FreedomWorks stood by Mourdock even when it was not popular to do so. It deserves props for today’s victory:
As Director of New Media for Freedomworks, Kristina Ribali played a major role in the race but graciously gave credit to grassroots activists on the ground in Indiana:
Twitchy owner/founder Michelle Malkin, who endorsed Mourdock in February, spoke at a pre-election rally in Indianapolis on Saturday. At the end of her speech, she led the crowd in singing “na na na, hey hey hey goodbye” to Lugar (video here).
Here’s hoping that all the remaining RINOs in the U.S. Senate get the message:
Kicking Dick Lugar out of the Senate sends exactly the right message to Republicans in the Senate. Cross the base & your seat isn't safe.—
John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) May 09, 2012
We’re pretty sure Orrin Hatch noticed today’s results:
Here are some of the prominent Republicans who endorsed Lugar in this race:
Seems like everyone in the GOP is getting on the Mourdock bandwagon now. Better late than never.
It comes as no surprise that liberal politicians and pundits were rooting for Lugar:
Lugar is a national treasure. If Indiana Rs don't allow the citizens of Indiana to reelect him, their dangerous extremism should be clear.—
Robert Reich (@RBReich) May 08, 2012
Mourdock supporters got in a pretty good dig before the results were announced…
…but Mourdock is gracious in victory:
Mourdock's speech is super classy. I'm a fan.—
Dina Fraioli (@DinaFraioli) May 09, 2012
Mourdock calls Lugar "a great Hoosier, a great American…He is a man who deserves the respect of each and every one of us."—
Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc) May 09, 2012
Lugar not so much:
Lugar's 2nd statement scorching Mourdock & right-wing direction of GOP will be widely reprinted…by Democrats.—
Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) May 09, 2012
Time to step up and support Mourdock in the general election, folks:
Mourdock email: "The bad news. We’re now facing a tough General Election campaign, and our bank accounts are depleted."—
S.E. Cupp (@secupp) May 09, 2012
“Unity rally” tomorrow morning. Anyone think Lugar will show up?