AP: Todd Young elected to U.S. Senate in Indiana, defeats Evan Bayh

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) — Republican Todd Young has defeated Evan Bayh in Indiana’s Senate race, according to AP.

Bayh, a former U.S. Senator and Indiana Governor, jumped into the race in the summer after Baron Hill dropped out.

Young, a three-term congressman from southeastern Indiana, will succeed retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats, who won the seat six years ago after Bayh said he decided not to seek re-election because he was tired of Washington partisanship and gridlock. Young was the heavy favorite to keep the seat in GOP hands in the reliably red state until Bayh’s surprise announcement July 13 he would run. He made the decision following a recruitment push by national Democrats to help in the effort to try to regain control of the Senate.

Bayh announced he was running two days after former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill withdrew as the Democratic nominee.

Following the projections on the race, both candidates came out and addressed family, friends, and supporters.