Todd Young takes Indiana's U.S. Senate seat, beating Evan Bayh

Todd Young and family
Todd Young wins race for US Senate
Todd Young victory speech
Evan Bayh concedes race for US Senate
Evan Bayh concedes
Senate Race Democrats
Senate Race GOP
Republicans sweep Indiana

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Todd Young beat out Evan Bayh in the race for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat.

An onslaught of stories about whether Bayh really lived in Indiana and his extended job search in his final year in office undercut his candidacy.

National groups have poured tens of millions of dollars into the Senate race, one of a half dozen nationally that could determine whether Democrats take over the Senate majority.

Young, a three-term congressman from southern Indiana, doesn't have the name recognition of Bayh, whose father, Birch Bayh, was a senator for 18 years. But Young ran a strong race and was supported by outside groups.

Young gave his victory speech at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis.

Young stated, "I am going to wake up every day as your next U.S. Senator with one mission in mind, figuring out how I can best serve the interests of this state and it's people".

Young talked about how the Indiana Senate seat "belongs to the people of Indiana... and more than anything else, tonight's victory belongs to every one of us who believes that Indiana and America is bigger and stronger than our problems, and those of us who are optimistic about our country's future".

"I pledge to you, I will always do what is right for Hoosiers, I'll prefer the hard right over the easy wrong," said Young.

In closing, Young stated, "We need more Indiana in Washington and less Washington in Indiana".

Bayh, who lost to Young, gave his speech at the Indiana Convention Center.

"I have been blessed with so many wonderful supporters, the countless volunteers across the state of Indiana, and of course, most of all my fellow Hoosiers who have given me the defining experience of my life, serving you for 22 years," said Bayh.

Bayh gave his speech at the Indiana Convention Center Tuesday night, stating, "I stand ready in the years to come to help my fellow citizens to help serve in any capacity they may see fit to have me serve in".

"Tomorrow, reach out to those who perhaps voted in a different direction because they are our friends, our neighbors, and our colleagues, and most of all our fellow Hoosiers and fellow Americans. In spite of what some people may tell you, we have more in common than what divides us," said Bayh.

Evan Bayh and family

Bayh also added that he hopes that "together we can find a better kind of politics, one that emphasizes hope, not fear...".

Bayh concluded by singing happy birthday to his two twin sons, Beau and Nick Bayh.

They are celebrating their 21st birthday today.

See our interactive map of election results here.

Indiana results

County by county results

7 p.m.

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy has won an eighth term. He's the Senate's longest-serving member. The 76-year-old beat back a challenge from Republican businessman Scott Milne.

Leahy was first elected in 1974 from the liberal state. He's the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and will likely chair the panel if Democrats reclaim the majority.

He says he hopes "reasonable" Republicans in the Senate will agree to perform their constitutional duty of advice and consent on judicial nominees, including the Supreme Court.

See a preview of Indiana's Senate race here.


7 p.m.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, the South's first black senator since Reconstruction, has won his first full term.

Scott defeated Democrat Thomas Dixon, a community activist and pastor.

The Senate's only black Republican, Scott said he would vote for Donald Trump, even as he has characterized some of Trump's statements and actions as "disgusting," ''indefensible" and "racially toxic."

Scott, one of only two black senators, said on the Senate floor this summer that he has repeatedly been pulled over by law enforcement and was once even stopped by a Capitol Police officer who apparently did not believe he was a senator.

Scott, 51, was appointed to the seat in 2013 following the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, then won election to the final two years of that term.


7 p.m.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who made an early run for the presidency, instead is heading back to Washington for a second term.

Paul defeated Democrat Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington.

Paul repeatedly clashed with Donald Trump during the GOP primary debates. He later endorsed Trump but spoke little about him while campaigning for re-election.

The candidates spent a combined $8 million on the race, a paltry sum considering the more than $47 million Kentucky's Senate candidates spent in 2014. The Senate race has been overshadowed by the presidential race and the battle for the state House of Representatives - the only legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats.


5 p.m.

Control of Congress was up for grabs Tuesday as Republicans' hopes of protecting their narrow majority in the Senate rested on a handful of states that were toss-ups until the end.

Republicans were expected to retain House control amid Democratic gains that are expected to be modest.

In North Carolina and Missouri, Democrats sought to upset entrenched GOP incumbent senators. In Democratic-leaning states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, Democrats were trying to tie their GOP opponents to Donald Trump.

Democrats needed to pick up four seats to take the Senate majority if Hillary Clinton wins the White House and can send her vice president to cast tie-breaking votes in a 50-50 Senate. They need five seats if Trump wins.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)