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."
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.