Indiana Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Joe Donnelly's victory

The Week's Editorial Staff
The WeekNovember 6, 2012
Democrat Joe Donnelly has to be feeling good: He beat Republican Richard Mourdock, who was once a heavy favorite in Indiana's Senate race.

Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock incited a media firestorm with his comments about rape and pregnancy. Those remarks also seem to have cost him a Senate seat

In Indiana, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) has narrowly edged out Tea Party-backed state treasurer Richard Mourdock in one of this year's most closely watched Senate races. According to the latest figures, Donnelly has 48.3 percent to Mourdock's 45.7 percent, leading Fox News and Bloomberg News to call the race for Donnelly.

Mourdock, a Tea Party favorite who ousted moderate incumbent Richard Lugar in the primary, was widely seen as the frontrunner — until an Oct. 23 debate in which he was asked a question about whether rape victims should be allowed to get abortions. Mourdock said that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." The Republican quickly found himself in the center of a media firestorm, forcing him to backtrack on his comments the next day. "Are you trying to suggest that somehow I think God ordained or pre-ordained rape?" Mourdock asked. "No, I don't think that anyone could suggest that. That's sick, twisted — no, that's not even close to what I said." Prior to the controversy, Mourdock had hammered Donnelly, a Blue Dog Democrat, for his support of ObamaCare, while Donnelly framed his opponent as too conservative to represent Indiana in the Senate.  

Here's what the Twittersphere is saying about Donnelly's victory:

Taegan Goddard at Political Wire:

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— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) November 7, 2012

Luke Russert at NBC News:

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— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) November 7, 2012 Piers Morgan at CNN:

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— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 7, 2012 Ezra Klein at The Washington Post:

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— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 7, 2012 And finally:

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— (@Salon) November 7, 2012

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