By Gary P Jackson
Big win for Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock who defeated six term United States Senator, and Obama’s favorite Republican …. Rickard Lugar …. in the Republican primary tonight.
According to the Associated Press, Mourdock defeated Lugar in a massive landslide, 61% to 39%, with Mourdock getting 403,293, and Lugar garnering a mere 262,388 votes. For the county by county breakdown, click here.
This was a huge win for the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Before her endorsement, it was neck and neck, though Conservatives expected Mourdock to win, despite the numerous negative ads run by Lugar and his team. In the end, it’s hard to believe a guy who has nothing in common with Conservatives, and hasn’t even lived in Indiana for years, was able to hold office this long.
Watch Mourdock’s speech victory speech courtesy of The Right Scoop.
Interestingly, Lugar not only gave a speech, which sounded somewhat statesman-like, but also handed out pre-printed talking points where he trash talks the Tea Party and bemoans “extremism” and the lack of compromise. You can read both here.
Eric Bradner tweets:
Of Mourdock, Lugar says: “His embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance.”
Lugar: “Our political system is losing its ability to explore alternatives. … Voters will be electing a slate of inflexible positions.”
Stay classy there Dick.
In other results, Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination from Indiana with 65% of the vote. Ron Paul got 16% of the vote, with Santorum getting 13% and Gingrich getting 6%.