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Blowout: Mourdock headed for 20-point victory over Lugar


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.!/Doingworkdaily/status/200057731326033920

Apparently the Tea Party didn’t know it is supposed to be dead:

Richard Mourdock pwns Dick Lugar in Indiana. Yay! Hey GOP Establishment -the Tea Party Movement is alive and well. 😉 #tcot #INSen #resist44

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 8, 2012

Wait. I was told the Tea Party movement was dead…

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) May 8, 2012

Oh, but I thought the tea party was dead? #INsen

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 8, 2012

@FreedomWorks stood by Mourdock even when it was not popular to do so. It deserves props for today’s victory:

Video: Mourdock wins in Indiana! #InSen #retireLugar #tcot #tlot

— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) May 9, 2012

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:

@ebrodersen Thanks. The credit goes to the boots on the ground. They're absolutely amazing.

— Kristina Ribali (@KristinaRibali) May 9, 2012

@glenasbury You all in Indiana did the hard work. Incredibly humbled to be a small part of it.

— Kristina Ribali (@KristinaRibali) May 9, 2012

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 9, 2012

Mourdock will be a reminder to Rs considering betraying free-market principle to remember their friend Dick Lugar.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 9, 2012

We’re pretty sure Orrin Hatch noticed today’s results:

Help us get the hashtag #HatchNext trending on Twitter! RT this if you agree: 36 years in Congress is too long.

— Dan Liljenquist (@DanForUtah) May 8, 2012

Hatch *really* wants you to look at 2 year con rating history, ignore 36 years. Mourdock showed why tonight. #HatchNext

— Cameron Robinson (@CameronMVM) May 9, 2012

Sen. Richard Lugar defeated in Indiana's GOP primary – will this loss influence Utah voters? 36 yrs. same as Hatch.

— David Goates (@dgoates) May 9, 2012

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:

.@JohnKerry calls Lugar loss a tragedy says his experience can't be replicated. Bipartisan friendship, respect hallmark of senate past

— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 9, 2012

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 8, 2012

Mourdock supporters got in a pretty good dig before the results were announced…!/Mourdock4Senate/status/199984617288237056

…but Mourdock is gracious in victory:

Mourdock's speech is super classy. I'm a fan.

— Dina Fraioli (@DinaFraioli) May 9, 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 9, 2012

Lugar not so much:

#Loser RT @rollcall: In speech, Lugar strikes positive tone, but in statement he's critical of Mourdock.

— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) May 9, 2012

Lugar's 2nd statement scorching Mourdock & right-wing direction of GOP will be widely reprinted…by Democrats.

— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) May 9, 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 9, 2012

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“Unity rally” tomorrow morning. Anyone think Lugar will show up?

The Indiana GOP just announced a unity press conference with Mourdock, Daniels, Skillman and others, at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. #INSen

— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) May 9, 2012

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