Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana has defeated Republican Richard Mourdock for that state's Senate seat, Fox News reports.
Donnelly, a congressman from northwest Indiana, had been favored in the final polls of the campaign, particularly after a media firestorm over comments Mourdock made in an October 23 debate that "God intended" pregnancies resulting from rape.
The seat was considered a safe GOP hold until its holder, Republican Dick Lugar, lost his primary race to state treasurer Mourdock in May.Read more
The last several weeks have not been good for Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana. The two-term state treasurer, who beat six-term incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in the GOP primary in May, has fallen back in the polls against his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. A recent poll, from Brian Howey and Depauw University, showed an 11-point lead for Donnelly.Read more
Mitt Romney is far ahead of Barack Obama in Indiana, a state Obama won in 2008. The last poll of the Hoosier State showed Romney up 13 points. But down the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, the Republican candidate Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer, isn't as far ahead. That may explain why Romney is appearing in a new Mourdock television ad.Read more
Three-term Indiana Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly voted for Obamacare. He voted for Obama’s waste-filled $787 billion stimulus package. He is a down-the-line supporter of card check, the measure that would allow union organizers to bypass secret ballot elections.Read more
U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican, has a new 30-second advertisement contrasting himself with his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. Mourdock ties Donnelly with Barack Obama and encourages Hoosier voters to "follow the Indiana principles that Richard Mourdock and Mitch Daniels fight for." Daniels is the popular, two-term outgoing Republican governor of Indiana. Watch the ad below:Read more
No Labels--the 501(c)(4) organization with the motto (reminiscent of the Obama 2012 slogan), "Not Left. Not Right. Forward."--is lamenting the the defeat of Dick Lugar in yesterday's Indiana Republican primary. From a fundraising email from co-chairs Nancy Jacobson and Mark McKinnon:Read more
One day before the Indiana primary, Dick Lugar has released a new ad accusing his opponent, Richard Mourdock, of wanting to "cut every single senior's Social Security." (Update: The ad was apparently released late last week.) The ad portrays an elderly woman talking about Mourdock's Social Security plan. "He's going to ruin people. Some can't get along without Social Security, every penny of it," the woman says. "Heaven help us, because Mourdock won't."Read more
Big Government reports that the Young Guns Network, a group tied to House Republican leader Eric Cantor, has purchased another direct mail item supporting Dick Lugar over Richard Mourdock in the GOP Senate primary in Indiana. The item focuses on Lugar's support for ethanol subsidies and pro-environmental policies, while Mourdock's plan is called "extreme" and one that "means higher prices at the pump."Read more
A new poll from Howey Politics and DePauw University shows Richard Mourdock leading Dick Lugar by 10 points in the Indiana Republican Senate primary. Among GOP primary voters, 48 percent said they would vote for Mourdock, the state treasurer, while 38 percent said they would vote for Lugar, the six-term incumbent senator. The poll shows Mourdock’s largest lead in the primary, which will be held on May 8.Read more
The Chamber of Commerce is sending out a new direct mail item on behalf of Indiana senator Dick Lugar, the National Journal reports. "Hoosiers are concerned about job growth...And...Dick Lugar is standing up for Indiana," the mailer reads, noting Lugar's support for building the Keystone XL pipeline and his opposition to Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, and cap and trade. View the mailer here.Read more
The Eric Cantor-affiliated Young Guns Network has recently jumped into the Indiana Senate primary on behalf of Dick Lugar, paying for mailers that criticize Lugar's opponent, Richard Mourdock, for wanting to cut federal education funding. Politico's Jonathan Martin reports why this could backfire--on House Republicans:Read more
In speaking about U.S. defense, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told the Times of Northwest Indiana that “There's always going to be a lot of duplication. We look today at the historical setup of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard. There's a lot of duplication and bureaucracy right there. In the 21st century, is that necessary? I'm not sure that it is.”Read more
Indiana senator Dick Lugar is out with a new television ad, the hardest hitting in the Republican primary race, pitting Lugar against state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The ad claims that Mourdock has "bad judgment" and makes "bad decisions." Watch the ad below:Read more
State treasurer Richard Mourdock, a 60-year-old Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, says the stakes in the Indiana primary couldn’t be higher. “This race is for the heart and soul of the Republican party in the United States Senate,” Mourdock tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.Read more
The Young Guns Network, a group affiliated with House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor, is encouraging Democrats in Indiana to vote in the May 8 GOP primary for incumbent senator Dick Lugar.Read more
Mitch Daniels, the popular two-term Republican governor of Indiana, has cut another advertisement on behalf of his political mentor, senior Republican senator Dick Lugar. "Our nation faces huge dangers," Daniels says in the 30-second spot. "And it'll take people with his big picture vision and broad respect to see us past it." At the end of the commercial, Daniels adds, "We're lucky to have Dick Lugar, and we need to keep him." Watch the ad below:Read more
With less than two weeks to go before the May 8 Republican primary, incumbent senator Dick Lugar and Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock are fighting hard with television ads airing across Indiana.
The first comes from Lugar's campaign and features the popular two-term governor Mitch Daniels. "I can't think of anyone so reflective of the thinking, the principles, and the ideals of our state," Daniels says in the ad. "I'm not for Dick Lugar for what he's done but for what he can do." Watch the ad below:Read more
Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is fighting for survival in his contentious Republican primary with state treasurer Richard Mourdock, a conservative with broad Tea Party support. Speaking with reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, Lugar seemed to be unsure about whether or not the Tea Party has been a force for good in the GOP.Read more
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