Mourdock Win Viewed As Win For Tea Party Movement

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM EDT

INDIANA, (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The national Tea Party Movement hopes to get a boost, following the big victory Tuesday night by one of its candidates, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

He pulled off a historic win over incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican Primary regarding the party’s nomination for a U.S. Senate seat.

Mourdock doesn't like being stereotyped as a "Tea Party" candidate.

He insists that conservatives, in general, helped propel him to a resounding victory by more than twenty points over Lugar.

At Mourdock's election night celebration in Indianapolis on Tuesday, people dressed in Tea Party garb were among those in the crowd.

The political movement started in 2009 with protests; pushing for reduced government spending, tax cuts, reduction of the national debt, and adherence to what you might call an “originalist” interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

The movement early on seemed to focus on a new attitude toward governing, but the tactics are being tweaked.

Sal Russo/Tea Party Express: " If you change the policies in Washington, you've got to change the players in Washington, so we're seeing an example of that today. Just like we saw in 2010, and I think it's going to continue throughout the election cycle and in to 2012."

Democrat Senate nominee Joe Donnelly is convinced Mourdock's affiliation with the Tea Party movement will backfire come November.

Donnelly and state democratic leaders suggest Hoosiers in a general election will reject someone with ties to the Tea Party.

The fall election will be held November 6th.

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