(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Election Day turned out to be a field day for Republicans across Indiana.
Republican Dan Coats defeated former Eighth District congressman Brad Ellsworth to win the Senate seat being left by Democrat Evan Bayh. Coats – heading back to Washington for the first time since he was a senator 12 years ago - earned the checkmark early in the evening as he bested Ellsworth 57 to 37 percent.
“Getting our country back on track and getting Hoosiers back to work will take more than just saying no. That's why I have proposed forcing Congressional restraint through earmark reform, through a line-item veto, and through balancing the budget once and for all,” Coats told supporters at Indianapolis’ Union Station during his victory speech Tuesday night as the outcome became apparent.
Todd Young delivers his victory address to
supporters on election night.
In the Ninth District Congressman race, it will not be a sixth term for Democrat Baron Hill. He was upended by Todd Young 52 to 42 percent.
“We travelled from Rockport to Rising Sun, from Bloomington to Batesville and everywhere in between,” Young said at his own victory rally Tuesday. “Ladies and gentleman, we did it!”
It was the 38-year-old Bloomington resident’s first time running for public office. Hill, who voted in favor of federal healthcare reform as well as cap-and-trade, was seeking his sixth term.
The Associated Press reports that both sides of the Ninth District battle spent a combined $6 million in advertising.
Part of that cash by the Indiana Democrat Party paid for a flyer supporting Libertarian candidate Greg Knott. The tactic was meant to split off conservative voters from Young, but only five percent voted for Knott.
Mike Pence easily won another term in Indiana’s Sixth District by outdistancing his closest rival, Democrat Barry Welsh, 67 to 30 percent.
In all, two of Indiana’s congressional seats switched parties to Republicans’ delight. The Baron Hill seat and the Eighth District seat – formerly held by Ellsworth - where Larry Bucshon beat Rep. Trent Van Haaften.
Democrats did hold one congressional seat targeted by Republicans in northern Indiana as Democrat incumbent Rep. Joe Donnelly edged Jackie Walorski.