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Todd Young defeats Evan Bayh in Indiana's U.S. Senate race

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 00:17:02-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- In one of Indiana’s most closely watched races, Republican Todd Young defeated Democrat Evan Bayh in the Indiana Senate race.

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Young, a three-term member of the U.S. House from southern Indiana won the GOP primary over fellow GOP Congressman Marlin Stutzman.

Bayh joined the race in July after Baron Hill dropped out and Democrats tapped him as the best choice to help regain Senate control.

Bayh had served as Indiana’s governor as well as two terms in the U.S. Senate but did not run for reelection in 2010 and left Congress in 2011.

Early polls showed Bayh with a strong lead over Young, but those numbers didn’t last.

Lingering questions about Bayh’s residency and work after leaving the Senate in 2010 eroded his lead as Election Day drew closer.

That lead carried Young through the day for a projected win for the heavily contested seat.

Young won election to the House in 2010. 

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