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Richard Mourdock

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Richard Mourdock
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Indiana Treasurer
Incumbent
In office
February 10, 2007 - Present
Term ends
February 2015
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTim Berry (R)
Compensation
Base salary$74,581
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,136,943
Term limits8 years in any 12 year period
Prior offices
Vanderburgh County Commissioner
1995-2002
Education
Bachelor'sDefiance College (1973)
Master'sBall State University (1975)
Personal
Place of birthWauseon, Ohio
ProfessionOctober 8, 1951
ReligionEvangelical Christianity
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Richard Mourdock (b. October 8, 1951 in Wauseon, Ohio) is the current Republican State Treasurer in Indiana.

Mourdock was a 2012 Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate from Indiana. He defeated incumbent Richard Lugar in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary[1] and lost to Joe Donnelly (D) on November 6, 2012.[2]

Biography

Mourdock first took office as Indiana State Treasurer in February 2007. Prior to his election to the office, Mourdock served two terms as Commissioner of Vanderburgh County.[3] He was a candidate for Indiana Secretary of State in 2002 and U.S. Congress in 1990, 1992 and 2012.

Mourdock has served in a number of roles in his professional career, beginning as a field geologist for the AMAX Coal Company from 1975-1979. He went on to be a senior geologist for the Standard Oil Company from 1979-1984, and executive for Koester Companies, Inc. from 1984-2000. He has served as principal of R.E. Mourdock and Associates, Limited Liability Company since 2001.[4]

Education

  • Ball State University, Master’s Degree in Geology[5]
  • Defiance College in Ohio, Bachelor’s Degree[5]

Political career

Indiana Treasurer (2007-Present)

Vanderburgh County Commissioner (1995-2002)

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Indiana, 2012

Mourdock ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Indiana. Mourdock won nomination on the Republican ticket, defeating incumbent Richard Lugar in the May 8 primary.[1] [6] He was then defeated by Joe Donnelly (D) in the general election.

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Andy Horning took in over 4,800 more votes than the number that separated Donnelly and Mourdock.[7]

U.S. Senate, Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Donnelly 50% 1,281,181
     Republican Richard Mourdock 44.3% 1,133,621
     Libertarian Andy Horning 5.7% 145,282
     Independent James Johnson, Jr. 0% 15
     Independent Amy Willis 0% 3
Total Votes 2,560,102
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "United States Senate Election Results"
U.S. Senate-Indiana Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Mourdock 60.5% 400,321
Richard Lugar Incumbent 39.5% 261,285
Total Votes 661,606

The two candidates ran a close race, despite the fact that Indiana is seen as a Republican-leaning state. After the conservative Mourdock replaced the moderate Lugar as the Republican candidate, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly had a good chance at wining the seat. Lugar drew support from members of both parties, but Mourdock's tea-party background divided Indiana voters along party lines.[8]

On October 23, 2012, in a debate against opponent Joe Donnelly, Mourdock, asked about his stance on abortion in the case of rape or incest, said "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."[9] This remark caused New Hampshire Republican senator Kelly Ayotte to withdraw her support of Mourdock and cancel her plans to campaign for him in the final weeks before the election.[10]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Mourdock one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[11]

Election law violation

Mourdock's Senate campaign came under scrutiny after allegations that Mourdock's state campaign used funds to aid his federal U.S. Senate campaign, a violation of federal election law.[12] This came as the result of a legal analysis conducted for the Lugar campaign and a complaint sent to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by former Rushville, Indiana mayor and former Rush County Republican Chairman John McCane.[12]

The complaint stated that Mourdock "accessed voter information through his state committee, transferred the information to his federal committee and then used the information to send mass communications to voters through his federal committee."[12] Mourdock's state campaign accessed the information through the Party's computer database in January 2011, then transferred the information to his federal Senate campaign in February 2011 at time of his candidacy announcement to communicate with mass numbers of voters, and continued to use the information.[12]

Federal law specifically prohibits "transfers of funds or assets from a candidate's campaign committee or account for a nonfederal election to his or her principal campaign committee or other authorized committee for a federal election."[12]

Push for bipartisanship

In the run up to the election, many Republicans were trying to show that they were bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Mourdock tried to soften his position towards bipartisanship and show that he would be willing to work with Democrats. In a poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS news, results found that nearly 44% of Americans blamed Republicans for the deadlock in Congress. Republicans in 2012 tried to hold on to their districts by showing themselves to be more bipartisan.[13]

Endorsements

The Club for Growth endorsed Mourdock over incumbent Richard Lugar on February 14, 2012.[14][15] The National Rifle Association endorsed Mourdock over incumbent Richard Lugar are on March 7, 2012.[16] Indiana's Tea Party also endorsed Mourdock.[17] Indiana's Tea Party has also endorsed Mourdock.[18] The Family Research Council PAC endorsed Mourdock on January 31, 2012.[19]

Mourdock received an endorsement from the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund.[20]

Sarah Palin announced her endorsement of Mourdock over incumbent Senator Richard Lugar on April 27, 2012.[21]

On May 2, 2012 Mourdock received endorsements from Representative Michele Bachmann and Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform.[22]

Super PACs

According to information compiled by Center for Responsive Politics, as of May 7, 2012 super PACs spent approximately $2.5 million in the race between incumbent Richard Lugar and Mourdock.[23]

Information from the Center for Public Integrity showed that Super PACs and other outside groups were on track to spend more on challenger Mourdock in his campaign to unseat Lugar than Mourdock’s own campaign.[24] As of the most recent campaign filings available to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) prior to the primary election on May 8, outside groups supportive of Mourdock had spent "about $3 million, $1 million more than Mourdock’s own campaign."[24]

Polls

2012

U.S. Senate in Indiana, General election candidates
Poll Richard Mourdock Joe DonnellyOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
July 31-August 1, 2012
42%40%3%15%+/-5400
Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group
August 9-12, 2012
43%45%0%12%+/-4601
AVERAGES 42.5% 42.5% 1.5% 13.5% +/-4.5 500.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mourdock is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Mourdock raised a total of $1,136,943 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[25]

Richard Mourdock's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois Treasurer Not up for election $1,255
2010 Illinois Treasurer Won $450,441
2008 Illinois Treasurer Not up for election $158,368
2006 Illinois Treasurer Won $380,701
2002 Illinois Secretary of State Defeated $146,178
Grand Total Raised $1,136,943

2012

Breakdown of the source of Mourdock's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Mourdock lost election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Mourdock's campaign committee raised a total of $8,834,849 and spent $8,807,000.[26]

According to a July 9, 2012 Roll Call report, Mourdock raised $1.6 million dollars in the second quarter.[27] At the end of the cycle, he reportedly had $889,000 cash-on-hand,[28] substantially less than Joe Donnelly's $1.3 million cash on hand at the end of the cycle.[29]

Mourdock raised over $3 million in campaign donations during the third quarter according to a campaign aide.[30]

2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Richard Mourdock's donors each year.[31] Click [show] for more information.


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Personal

Mourdock and his wife, Marilyn, live in Darmstadt, Indiana.[5]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 New York Times Caucus blog "Indiana’s Lugar Loses Republican Senate Primary," May 8, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  3. ‘’Indiana State Treasurer, “About the Treasurer,” accessed September 27, 2012
  4. ‘’Project Vote Smart, “Treasurer Richard E. Mourdock's Biography,” accessed September 27, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Richard Mourdock for Senate "About Richard Mourdock" Accessed February 13, 2012
  6. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
  7. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  8. New York Times "As Senate Race in Indiana Tightens, Candidates Seem to Move to Center" Accessed October 22, 2012
  9. USA Today " Mourdock stands by rape comment" Accessed October 24, 2012
  10. Boston.com "Ayotte cancels event with IN's Mourdock" Accessed October 24, 2012
  11. The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," accessed October 29, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Richard Lugar for Senate "Mourdock Likely Violated Federal Election Law:State Treasurer's alleged "pillaging" of Indiana GOP database raises serious legal questions" Accessed April 24, 2012
  13. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
  14. Washington Post, "Sen. Richard Lugar next target of Club for Growth" Accessed February 23, 2012
  15. National Review "It’s Time to Bring Lugar Home" Accessed February 23, 2012
  16. The Hill, "National Rifle Association will endorse Lugar challenger Wednesday" Accessed March 8, 2012
  17. USA Today "A look ahead to the key races in the Midwest in 2012" Accessed March 12, 2012
  18. USA Today "A look ahead to the key races in the Midwest in 2012" Accessed March 12, 2012
  19. FRC Action "FRC Action PAC endorses Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate" Accessed April 27, 2012
  20. Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund "Mourdock" Accessed May 1, 2012
  21. Huffington Post "Sarah Palin Endorses Richard Mourdock In Indiana U.S. Senate Primary" Accessed April 27, 2012
  22. CNN Political Ticket "Bachmann Norquist Endorse Mourdock" Accessed May 3, 2012
  23. TP Muckraker, "Super PACs Already Spending Big On State Level Races," Accessed May 8, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 iWatchNews "Super PACs outspend favorite candidate in Indiana Senate race" Accessed May 8, 2012
  25. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Richard E. Mourdock," accessed July 10, 2013
  26. OpenSecrets "2012 Election" Accessed May 15, 2013
  27. Roll Call, "Indiana: Richard Mourdock Bests Joe Donnelly in 2nd-Quarter Fundraising" Accessed July 11, 2012
  28. Twitter "Eric Bradner" Accessed July 17, 2012
  29. Roll Call, "Indiana: Richard Mourdock Bests Joe Donnelly in 2nd-Quarter Fundraising" Accessed July 11, 2012
  30. Politico, "Richard Mourdock rakes in $3 million in Indiana Senate race," accessed October 10, 2012
  31. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Berry (R)
Indiana State Treasurer
2007 - Present
Succeeded by
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