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October 24, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Indiana Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock has offered a partial apology for his remarks Tuesday night that pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen,” after sparking a firestorm akin to Missouri Republican Todd Akin's earlier this year. “I don't think God wants rape. I don't think he wants that at all because rape is evil,” he said during a news  conference Wednesday. “So many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make,” Mourdock added.
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November 11, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney's loss to President Obama on Tuesday unleashed predictable angst and debate in a Republican Party that must now decide how to attract a more diverse electorate. But for conservatives who identify with the tea party, one emotion seemed to dominate all others: a white-hot anger at the Republican establishment. Tea party supporters are angry at the GOP for embracing as its presidential nominee a "moderate" like Romney. For undermining "true conservative" candidates. And for "choosing to ignore" the conservative agenda.
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November 6, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock in the Indiana race for Senate, delivering Democrats a seat that was long held by Republicans. The race, which was called Tuesday by the Associated Press and NBC News, became unexpectedly competitive when Mourdock, riding a wave of tea party frustration with Washington, ousted longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. The move infuriated so-called Lugar Republicans - moderate voters who admired the elder statesman's ability to reach across the aisle, particularly on matters of foreign policy, to get things done in Washington.
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November 7, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Democrats retained a narrow majority in the Senate on Tuesday, but Republicans kept their grip on the House, delivering another divided, and highly polarized, Congress. The balance of power was likely to shift by no more than a seat or two, if at all. Neither record-low job approval ratings nor an avalanche of campaign spending appeared able to shake the dynamic that made the last Congress the most partisan since the Civil War. "That's the sort of sad state of affairs: You're not going to have much change in Congress," said Keith Poole, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, who has researched decades of congressional voting patterns.
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May 9, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
After more than 35 years in the Senate, Richard G. Lugarof Indiana was ousted Tuesday by a tea party challenger in a Republican primary that showed how hard it is for a veteran lawmaker known for his ability to compromise to win reelection in the current political environment. The 80-year-old senator, a leading voice for his party on foreign policy, was pummeled for weeks by Republican rival Richard Mourdock for his breaches with conservative orthodoxy. Among them: Lugar's support of citizenship for some illegal immigrants and his votes to confirm President Obama's Supreme Court nominees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
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May 8, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, according to an Associated Press projection, ending the career of one of the Senate's most pragmatic politicians and casting a cloud over GOP  efforts to win control of the chamber. Mourdock, who is currently serving as Indiana state treasurer, campaigned as a conservative alternative to Lugar. He became a darling of the tea party movement after he launched a legal challenge to the terms of the Obama administration's bailout of Chrysler.
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June 23, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, preparing for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform, covered all of his bases in preparing four videos to respond to various potential verdicts  - but his cover was blown when his campaign accidentally uploaded all four to his YouTube account. Oh, that simple-to-use technology. In what can be described as a contingency plan gone wrong, Mourdock's YouTube channel was meant to host one video depending on next week's ruling: If the court ruled in favor of President Obama's healthcare reform law, if it struck down some provisions but preserved others, if it ruled the entire law unconstitutional, and if the court's ruling is inconclusive.
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October 23, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock opposes abortion even in the case of rape and incest, he said at a Tuesday night debate, because pregnancy from rape is "something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock, who is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, was responding to a question about whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. “I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception,” the tea party-backed Mourdock said.
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May 11, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
That didn't take long. Fresh off tea party challenger Richard Mourdock's defeat of longtime Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's GOP primary, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report said Democrats' chances have improved in the general election match-up this fall. Mourdock, the state treasurer who is now the GOP nominee , is still favored to win the Senate seat in November. But three-term Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly now has a better chance against Mourdock than he ever did against the six-term elder statesman Lugar, according to Cook.
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May 8, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- In an election day push as a tea party challenger tries to unseat veteran GOP Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's closely watched primary , both sides have hammered a simple message: Every vote matters. The get-out-the-vote drive has been intense and Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer trying to oust Lugar, asked supporters for a promise that they would go to the polls. "Even better, would you commit to bringing a friend with you?" Mourdock asked in an email blast.
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November 6, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock in the Indiana race for Senate, delivering Democrats a seat that was long held by Republicans. The race, which was called Tuesday by the Associated Press and NBC News, became unexpectedly competitive when Mourdock, riding a wave of tea party frustration with Washington, ousted longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. The move infuriated so-called Lugar Republicans - moderate voters who admired the elder statesman's ability to reach across the aisle, particularly on matters of foreign policy, to get things done in Washington.
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November 2, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
In what appears to be fallout from Richard Mourdock's statement last month that pregnancies that result from rape are “something that God intended to happen,” a new poll shows him trailing his Democratic opponent in the Indiana Senate race by 11 percentage points. A Howey/DePauw poll conducted by Republican pollster Christine Matthews and Democratic pollster Fred Yang found that a large majority of likely voters - 87% -- were aware of Mourdock's remark about rape and pregnancy, and 40% said they were less likely to vote for him as a result.
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October 30, 2012 | By Michael McGough
In her uphill campaign against Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Republican Elizabeth Emken, albeit obliquely, has made an issue of Feinstein's age. The senator turned 79 on June 22 and if reelected she would be 85 at the conclusion of one more term. Would that be unusual? Yes, but not unprecedented. In the current Senate, Feinstein is the fifth oldest member. Three senators are 88: Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii. No. 4 is 80-year-old Richard Lugar of Indiana, who was defeated in his bid for renomination in this year's Republican primary.
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October 24, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Indiana Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock has offered a partial apology for his remarks Tuesday night that pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended to happen,” after sparking a firestorm akin to Missouri Republican Todd Akin's earlier this year. “I don't think God wants rape. I don't think he wants that at all because rape is evil,” he said during a news  conference Wednesday. “So many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make,” Mourdock added.
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October 24, 2012 | By Karin Klein
To be fair, Richard Mourdock, the U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana, isn't a myth-slinging blowhard like another GOP contender for the Senate, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri. It's hard to forget Akin's less-than-expert medical opinion that in cases of "legitimate rape," women's bodies have ways to prevent a pregnancy, or as he put it, "shut that whole thing down. " Mourdock, a "tea party" candidate who won the GOP nomination over a more moderate Republican, was speaking on matters of faith, not (pseudo)
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October 23, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock opposes abortion even in the case of rape and incest, he said at a Tuesday night debate, because pregnancy from rape is "something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock, who is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, was responding to a question about whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. “I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception,” the tea party-backed Mourdock said.
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May 15, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- An insurgency within an insurgency could be emerging in the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska, where a lesser-known upstart appears to be gaining on two other conservative candidates in yet another battle between tea party activists and the GOP establishment this election cycle. Deb Fischer, a state legislator endorsed by Sarah Palin, has surged heading into Tuesday's election, according to a recent survey , beyond establishment-backed Attorney General Jon Bruning and Dan Stenberg, the state treasurer.
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October 12, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
INDIANAPOLIS -- The crowd of 3,000 mostly loyal Democrats was freshly energized off of Vice President Joe Biden's feisty debate performance Thursday night, but it wasn't the presidential race that drew former President Clinton to an Indianapolis rally Friday. While President Obama has all but conceded Indiana's 11 electoral votes to his Republican rival, Democrats think they have a shot at a Senate seat that could help determine control of the chamber. Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly and Republican state treasurer Richard Mourdock are in a close battle for the seat currently held by Sen. Richard Lugar, who had been considered a shoo-in for reelection before he was defeated by Mourdock in the GOP primary earlier this year.
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September 27, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
In a state that is considered almost guaranteed to back Mitt Romney in the presidential election, Democrat Joe Donnelly has pulled slightly ahead of his Republican opponent, Richard Mourdock, in the race to replace Indiana's outgoing Sen. Richard G. Lugar. Donnelly, a three-term congressman with a centrist voting record, has a slight edge over state treasurer Mourdock, according to a Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll conducted last week. Donnelly had 40% support to Mourdock's 38%, but his lead is within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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