INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) – Richard Lugar's U.S. Senate seat is now back in the hands of Democrats for the first time in more than a generation.
Election returns split the senate and governor’s race between the two main-line parties.
" I'm not going there as one party senator or the other party senator, I'm going there as your senator to work for your family," said Democratic Senator-Elect Joe Donnelly, at an election night event at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis.
It was by no means a blowout win, but the Congressman from South Bend could care less.
He's headed to the Senate, and in his mind, that's all that matters.
" I'm the hired help and I can't wait to get to work, thank you so very, very much. I really appreciate it," Donnelly told a crowd of supporters.
The mood was more subdued at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Republican Party gathered.
Defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for Republican Richard Mourdock.
Donnelly and SuperPacs on his behalf pounded Mourdock in TV ads the final weeks of the election, painting him as an extremist, and hitting him especially hard for saying in a campaign debate that rape is not justification for abortion.
At one point in the debate, Mourdock said rape and the resulting pregnancy is a horrible situation, but it’s something that God intended.
Mourdock took the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium, choking up as he defended his comments.
" Over the weeks, over the months, over the years ahead, I will look back knowing that I was attacked for standing for my principles," said Mourdock, who is currently Indiana’s State Treasurer.
" Mr. Mourdock was too extreme for Indiana, that he was too focused on a partisan ideological agenda, and that's not what Hoosiers wanted," said Dan Parker, Indiana’s Democratic Party Chairman.
The Republicans did get to celebrate victory in the Governor's race.
Mike Pence held on to a closer than expected win over Democrat John Gregg.
" Now that we'll have the chance to lead the state as governor, we'll bring our road map in and sit down with legislators and move this state forward," said Pence, who takes office in January.
Mourdock told supporters, he meant no slap in the face to Donnelly, but said he fears continued Democratic control of the Senate and White House is bad news for the future of the country.
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