Rep. Todd Young (R) is the projected winner for the open Indiana Senate race, defeating former Sen. Evan Bayh (D) in a major upset.
Young was seen as the favorite in the traditionally red state until Bayh made a last-minute decision in mid-July to jump into the race for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Dan Coats, upending the battle for the Senate majority. Bayh’s entry gave Young a smaller window to introduce himself to voters statewide.
Bayh entered the scene with a double-digit lead and nearly $10 million in funding that made the Hoosier State look favorable for Democrats. Bayh is also a household name in Indiana politics — the former senator also served as a two-term governor and his father, Birch, was a senator from 1963 to 1981.