Kerpen Statement on Mourdock Victory

Mourdock's victory is proof that the tea party is alive and well and intends to hold both political parties accountable. The old politics of the pork-barrel are over, which is why Lugar's recent insertion of $800 million in biofuels subsidies in the Senate Farm Bill did nothing to boost his political fortunes.

Mourdock will win the general election. In 2010 Mourdock carried 88 of Indiana's 92 counties and outperformed Senator Dan Coats (who himself won in a romp) by over 100,000 votes.

Mourdock will be a fine senator - and a reminder to Republicans considering betraying free-market principle to remember their friend Dick Lugar.