Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock, whose candidacy lost traction after he said pregnancy resulting from rape was “something God intended to happen,” has lost his bid for the U.S. Senate to Democrat Joe Donnelly.

The Huffington Post:

Mourdock, Indiana’s state treasurer, was initially favored to win, and Republicans saw him as one of their best hopes in their bid to retake the Senate. But the race tightened in late October, when he said in a debate with Donnelly that he does not support a woman’s right to an abortion in the case of rape.

…Mitt Romney immediately distanced himself from Mourdock’s comments, but he did not withdraw his endorsement or ask for an ad he made for Mourdock to be pulled off the air.

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Donnelly’s victory flips the Indiana seat to the Democrats, as the tea party-backed Mourdock defeated incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary.

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