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Donnelly defeats Mourdock in Senate race

After 36 years in the Republican column, Indiana’s Senate seat has switched parties as Congressman Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock Tuesday.

Considered one of the key races in determining control of the U.S. Senate, the race between the two candidates – separated by a razor-thin margin for months – was colored by a significant influx of outside money and negative ads.  National groups sought to paint Mourdock as a Tea Party extremist who would further polarize Washington while Donnelly was portrayed as a lackey for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Donnelly says Tuesday’s victory carries on a tradition for Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate.

“And that tradition are people like Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh, who worked together, whose only focus is on what’s right for our country.”

The turning point of the race likely came in the final debate, in which Mourdock said he believed pregnancies from rape were something God intended to happen.  Mourdock Tuesday said he was attacked for standing for his principles.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.