Indiana Republican wins race to replace Todd Young
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Republican Trey Hollingsworth is projected to win Tuesday in Indiana’s tightly contested race to replace Rep. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungOvernight Defense: Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sales | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan | Senators tee up nominations, budget deal ahead of recess Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sale GOP chairman yanks Saudi bill after Democrats muscle through tougher language MORE (R).

Hollingsworth’s victory over local County Councilmember Shelli Yoder helps protect the House GOP's solid majority and prevents Democrats from picking up a seat.


The multi-millionaire businessman had faced a tighter-than-expected battle against Yoder, a former Miss Indiana winner who also fought to represent the 9th District in 2012.

The seat was left open when Young ran for Senate after the retirement of Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray Coats10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall 11 Essential reads you missed this week Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (R). Young is projected to have defeated Democrat Evan Bayh in his Senate race.

The 9th District is reliably conservative, but this year’s race has narrowed throughout the fall. Yoder recently released internal polling that showed her and Hollingsworth in a dead-even tie with 43 percent each.

Hollingsworth had struggled to maintain a lead in the race. He faced attacks that he was a “carpetbagger” whose family was funding his campaign. He moved to the state from Tennessee about one month before he entered the race in 2015.

The first-time GOP candidate had already survived a tight, five-way primary battle.