Two days after a wholly disappointing election for the National Republican Senatorial Committee that saw the party not only fail to gain the majority but actually lose seats, a soul-searching of how it happened has begun.
The blame, as it often is, has been thrust on the candidates.And, at least in this case, for good reason. After all, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin essentially gave away seats with their comments on rape and pregnancy.
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) won the Indiana Senate race Tuesday, defeating state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) in the contest to replace outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar (R).
Donnelly led Mourdock 49 percent to 45 percent, with 85 percent of precincts reporting. TheWashingtonPost has called the race for Donnelly.
Democrat Joe Donnelly has opened a seven-point lead on Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race after Mourdocks controversial comments on rape and pregnancy, according to an internal Democratic poll shared with The Fix.
The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, shows Donnelly at 47 percent and Mourdock at 40 percent. It appears to be the first time Donnelly has polled a lead outside the margin of error.
The old saying goes: There’s no such thing as bad press.
That’s not always the case, of course. And today, Richard Mourdock can probably attest to that fact.
The controversy over Mourdock’s comments about rape and pregnancy has forced politicians of all stripes to pick sides and forced Mourdock to either stand by his comments or back down. He chose to stand by them.
Democrats are feverishly trying to turn Richard Mourdock into the next Todd Akin after Mourdock, like Akin, made some controversial comments Tuesday about rape and pregnancy.
At this point, the situation is certainly not helpful for Mourdock and will pretty clearly jeopardize his chance at victory in an already-tight Indiana Senate race. But it’s not yet clear whether it will hurt Mourdock as much as it hurt Akin — or whether the matter will be as big a liability for the national GOP as Akin was.
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on Wednesday insisted his comments about rape and pregnancy were being willfully misinterpreted for political gain even as President Obama’s campaign sought to ensnare Mitt Romney in the growing controversy.
VIDEO: Richard Mourdock: ‘I don’t think God wants rape’
Eight years ago, Richard Mourdock lost a race for a local county council, finishing in fifth place out of six candidates. It was his fifth loss in the first 16 years of his political career.
On Tuesday, Mourdock defeated six-term Sen. Dick Lugar in a Republican primary.
That striking change of fortune for Mourdock is both evidence of the ideal set of circumstances he found in this year’s race and a testament to a long, tough slog to the top for the Indiana state treasurer and now-GOP Senate nominee.
Make no mistake: Tuesday was all about Dick Lugar . But Mourdock’s profile will matter plenty in November — with Democrats already talking about their increased chances of winning the seat.
So just who is Richard Mourdock?
Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock has taken a slight lead on Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in the state’s Republican Senate primary, according to a new poll from a Mourdock-aligned group.
The poll, conducted by GOP pollster Fritz Wenzel for Mourdock-supporting group Citizens United, shows Mourdock at 44 percent and Lugar at 39 percent. The poll has a margin of error of about 4 percent.