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article imageMourdock: I lost the Senate race because of 'liberal media bias'

By Can Tran     Dec 12, 2012 in Politics
Indiana State Treasure Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party Republican, reflected upon his loss in the state's US Senate race. He blamed his loss on the "liberal media bias."
A little over a month since US Election Night on November 6, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was in the news. Mourdock is one of several candidates, elected into officer or not, that have campaign debts. Currently, Mourdock's campaign is going around trying to raise funds to get out of debt. Currently, the campaign owes a little over $230K.
Mourdock ran for the United States Senate seat in Indiana. He was one of the Republicans that aligned with the Tea Party Movement. After his comment about “rape” and “God's plans,” Mourdock went down in the polls. His Democratic challenger, Representative Joe Donnelly capitalized.
Representative Todd Akin, another Tea Party Republican, lost his respective US Senate race in Missouri. This was due to Akin's comment about “legitimate rape.”
Such comments was one of the reasons mainstream Republicans placed blame on the Tea Party for losses in the White House and Senate races. While Republicans retained control of the US House of Representatives, they were unable to take control of the White House and the US Senate. Mourdock ended up on the Republican ticket after Tea Party members booted GOP incumbent Senator Richard Lugar.
When Mourock talked about “rape being something that God intended,” his US Senate hopes would be damned. As a result, Mourdock ended up losing.
GOP Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, due to lead the GOP Governor's Association in 2013, talked about those Senate races. Jindal said that those candidates said things that damaged the GOP brand.
Mourdock was unapologetic about his comments about rape pregnancies and “gifts from God.” Instead, he and his campaign blamed the “liberal media” for his loss in the US Senate race. The people of Mourdock's campaign said that they got caught in the sights of the media after those rape comments. They blamed the media for Mourdock's loss on the media being more focused on making sure conservatives are defeated rather than doing their jobs and reporting on the news.
In the case of Akin, he's also looking to retire his campaign debt. Like Mourdock, Akin is asking for funds to do away with the campaign debt. In a Huffington Post report, there is hypocrisy from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. When Akin made the comment about “legitimate rape,” he got condemned and denounced by the NRSC publicly. However, the organization sent $760K to the state's GOP. A good portion of that money went to Akin. The transaction was made days before Election Day.
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