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Indiana primary results // Update: NBC calls race for Mourdock

Indiana primary results // Update: NBC calls race for Mourdock

Opening new post for post-results — problems with embedded tweet codes here.

% Reporting – 95

Mourdock – 60
Lugar – 40


7:17 p.m. – Percentage reporting keeps rising, but vote split doesn’t.  Hearing on Twitter that Mourdock trounced Lugar in South Bend and doing well in early counting in Marion (Indy).

The polls close at 6 p.m. Eastern.  Official results at Indiana Secretary of State.  AP Results page here.  (added) Because some precincts are in Central time zone, networks will not project winner until 7 p.m. Eastern at earliest.

A local television station has a “live” blog, not exactly live but hopefully some local analysis to help understand the results as they come in.

If you are on Twitter, watch hashtags #insen and #inelect12, and also @TheIndyChannel and @KatyInIndy

I’ll also post Wisconsin primary results and the Marriage amendment in North Carolina, although I won’t follow them as closely as Indiana.


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That smug Lugar is headed for a well-deserved defeat.

persecutor | May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I thought the Tea Party as a political force was dead?

Tamminator | May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I find it really odd that the polls close so early. I thought they’d stay open until 8 so people could vote after work.

    wodiej in reply to Tamminator. | May 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Indiana had early voting for over 2 weeks. Polls opened a 6 am.. People had plenty of opportunity to vote if they wanted to.

Tamminator | May 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Er, Mourdock. heh heh.

This is exciting.

Looking forward to Lugar’s super-sour grapes, taking his ball home concession speech.

LukeHandCool | May 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hope & Change!

Good riddance to that Arlen Spector look a like.

9thDistrictNeighbor | May 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I’m going to have a nice hot cup of tea with dinner….

Indiana made me proud tonight.

great unknown | May 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Watch Lugar try a run as an independent, or failing that[I don’t think that’s an option in Indiana], endorse the Democrat slate.

    sybilll in reply to great unknown. | May 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Luckily he can’t. Indiana is a no sore loser state. Thank Goodness. Maybe Lisa Murkowski can throw Lugar his going away party.
    ~Rock on Tea Party

    No second chances in Indiana. It’s against the law. Lugar tried to tell that to a Cincinnati TV station, but they interpreted his answer to be that he wouldn’t run as an independent.

    great unknown in reply to great unknown. | May 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I apologize to Lugar. In the end, he conceded like a gentleman.

      I don’t get Sabato’s “Crystal Ball”. Indiana is a pretty red state, the govt, the legislature is red, how is this even a “lean R”?

      I would assume that Murdock is going to be win in the senate race in the general, is that assumption wrong?

      I give credit to Lugar, he was very gracious in his concession speech, especially the part about a republican in the WH. Good on him.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to alex. | May 9, 2012 at 2:28 am

        Virginia First District . 2010 . All you need to know & more. The photos are a bonus.

We can all rest well tonight that one RINO is gone.

Congrats to Indiana.

Well, that was fast. As predicted, for Dick Lugar, Tonight’s The Night. And to borrow another line from Rod Stewart, this may have been foretold in his debate with Mourdock. Every picture tells a story, don’t it …

[…] In The Crosshairs There is a primary in Indiana tonight. Long time incumbent Republican senator Richard Lugar will probably lose. Tonight’s […]

This is just great. I’m sending more California dollars to him for his general election and to Ted Cruz in Texas to help get another conservative senator.

[…] Indiana Conservatives might not have gotten the first win of the season but by God if they didn’t pull off one of the big upsets of the year.  Indiana Conservatives and Tea Partiers have delivered on Lugar and ended the Senate career of one of the truly deserving.  Dick Lugar has been given his Tea Party Retirement Plan. […]

Glad to see my dollars went for a good cause. I’ll start saving up for the general election. 😀

Oh, and congratulations, Mr. Mourdock!

Mutnodjmet | May 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I hope that the Nov. 6th election is as swiftly concluded as Indiana’s tonight was.

I thought the Tea Party was dead….Mr. Twain do you have any thoughts on this

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | May 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Mourdock on twitter: “Polls are closed in Indiana. Let the waiting for results begin. I’ve heard Lugar is ahead so far with voters in Virginia.”

Most reading this blog probablyh know, but if someone doesn’t Lugar who lives in VA. Lugar has no home in Indiana. His only property tie to Indiana is he’s a partial owner of a few hundred acres of farmland there.

In other words he is, or rather was, an 80 year old professional Senator who is out of touch with the issues people from Indiana face.

BannedbytheGuardian | May 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I think Larry is very naughty & will be inserting Chrystal Ball (& her dildo ) into more than the odd tweet in 2012.

Larry – I got you covered you cheeky thing.

Donald Douglas | May 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

This is amazing. It’s going to be an interesting night.

Linked: ‘Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana Loses GOP Primary to Challenger Richard Mourdock’.

    Donald Douglas in reply to Donald Douglas. | May 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    And in case you missed it, cited at my piece linked above: “The Indiana Democratic Party released a statement Tuesday evening thanking Mr. Lugar for his service and criticizing Mr. Mourdock as an “extremist” who is “out of touch with Hoosiers”.”


Not a good night for the high priestess of pretentious and irrelevant RINO punditry, Peggy Noonan. Pity, Peggy. What does it feel like getting all the big things wrong? Doubly bitter for her that Sarah Palin reemerged as influential.

Nor a good evening for that counterfeit conservative and RINO weasel Eric “goody-two-shoes” Cantor.

huskers-for-palin | May 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Sending another check to Mourdock.

Somewhere, the mama grizzly is smiling!!!! Another RINO on her fireplace.

Looks like the North Carolina marriage amendment is going to be setting Obama’s evolution back to the Paleo era.

Old RINOs never die, they just lose primaries to Tea Party Candidates. Have a nice retirement Lugar, you Obama-Hugger. Say hi to Arlen and Charlie Crist for me. Delicious!

    AFSarge in reply to VotingFemale. | May 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I wonder if Lugar will do the honorable thing and endorse and campaign for Mourdock? Seems to me I remember that every Tea Party challenger that lost, immediatly endorsed the winner in the 2010 races. Can’t recall a single RINO that lost and went on to endorse the Tea Party endorsed winner. There’s no doubt in my mind that we would have control of the Senate if they had, instead of taking their ball and leaving because they lost.


@huskers-for-palin She is no doubt popping the champagne.

My advise to Mourdock?

Accept a call from DeMint before you accept a call from McConnell-

And make sure McConnell knows it.

And, so, the “Legal Insurrection” continues! Where will it all lead?
Indeed, what will be the eventual outcome?

Looks like Obama’s position on gay marriage was affirmed in NC. And, Obama’s opponent (who just happens to be in jail) is getting 43% of the primary vote:

DINORightMarie | May 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Just got home and checked in…….woooo hooo!!!!

What a great night!

Hope to see updates on WI and NC, too.

Celebration tea is brewing………. 😉

TEA Party – taxed enough already – the real Hope’n’Change