INDIANAPOLIS - Democrat Joe Donnelly has defeated Republican Richard Mourdock to win Indiana's contested Senate seat.
As of 10 p.m. Donnelly had 48 percent of the votes. His Republican opponent Richard Mourdock received 46 percent, while Libertarian Andy Horning took 6 percent.
Donnelly has been serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana's 2nd Congressional District since 2007.
Polls showed Mourdock and Donnelly in a tight race in the months leading up to the election, but Donnelly took a double-digit lead over Mourdock after the latter's controversial remarks about rape and abortion during a U.S. Senate debate that got national attention.
Donnelly has faced criticism from his opponents for his tight adherence to "Obama-Pelosi agenda" in his House voting record.
Donnelly's campaign hinged on his promise to be a champion for the middle class rather than special interests but closing tax loopholes for corporations and cutting taxes for job creators.
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