Mourdock campaign blames ‘liberal media’ for defeat

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 18:24 EDT
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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R), in a video pre-celebrating the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Screenshot via YouTube.
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In a plea for money, the campaign of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told its supporters on Tuesday that the Republican hopeful lost due to media bias.

“After a bitter, hard-fought campaign, many Republicans all over the country were forced to accept defeat rather than celebrate victory. In our case, we found our campaign caught in the liberal media crosshairs. Never has Indiana seen a more obvious example of media bias by reporters more interested in defeating conservatives than reporting the news,” Mourdock Finance Director Ashlee Walls wrote in a fundraising email obtained by The Hill.

“We fought back and invested heavily in a last-minute push to combat the slew of false accusations Democrats and the liberal media churned up to distract voters.”

The tea party favorite defeated Dick Lugar, the longest-serving Republican currently in the Senate, during the primary election by casting him as a moderate. However, Mourdock seemingly doomed his own campaign after saying that pregnancy from rape was “something that God intended to happen” and a “gift.”

Though the Republican candidate claimed his controversial pro-life statement had actually helped him gain votes, polls showed a steep drop in support among independent voters.

Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly ended up winning Indiana’s seat in the U.S. Senate, which had been held by Republicans for more than three decades.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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