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Indiana Election results 2010: Dan Coats beats Brad Ellsworth

Washington Post Staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 7:01 PM

Indiana's senate election was called in the late hours of election night. As AP reported:

Republican Dan Coats will return to the U.S. Senate from Indiana after leaving the chamber a decade ago to work as a lobbyist. Coats defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth and Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris in the race to succeed Democrat Evan Bayh.

In Indiana's 9th District Todd Young defeated his Democratic challenger Baron Hill to win the open House seat there.

PostPolitics previewed the Indiana 2010 election:

Democrats got the candidate they wanted, popular Rep. Brad Ellsworth, in the Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D). But Ellsworth never caught fire, even though his opponent, former Sen. Dan Coats -- who held the seat before Bayh -- has been a prominent Washington lobbyist in an outsider year. Despite Ellsworth's conservative credentials as a former Vanderburgh County sheriff, his vote for the health-care bill may have been fatal.

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