- Republican Todd Young
News of Todd Young’s election was heavily hinted, but not formally announced until the image of Evan Bayh appeared on the two large screens at the front of the room. The crowd stood in rapt attention, watching their rival concede his race.
At the final count, Young carried 52 percent of the vote while Bayh took 42.4 percent. Libertarian Lucy Brenton carried 5.5 percent.
Screams of “Bye, Bayh” rang through the ballroom during the former Indiana governor and senator’s brief concession speech. Towards the end of his speech, Bayh led the Democratic crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to his twin sons, who turn twenty-one today – this was met by loud boos from the Republicans.
With a reported $23.5 million spent on advertising against Bayh. Young started election day with a high chance of success, according to the polls forecasting website 538.
Young, of course, thanked his family and volunteers for their tireless support. He then turned his attention to healing the rift caused by the Indiana senate race.
He thanked Evan Bayh for a spirited campaign and for his past public service.
The speech returned the focus to the reigning theme of the night: it was a good day to be a Republican, especially in the state of Indiana.
Specifically, the speech was truly a Young speech, making no less than seven references to being a former United States Marine.
“I ran for the United States Senator for the reason I joined the United States Marine Corps,” he said. “I wanted to be part of the solution. Now tonight was a great victory not for me, but for the people of Indiana. You see, I learned in the Marines to put people before politics, and the Indiana senate seat belongs to the people of Indiana. This is your seat … More than anything, tonight’s victory belongs to any one of us that believes Indiana, and
“Tonight … you voted to send in the Marines,” he said to deafening cheers.
As Bosma said earlier, Young was being sent in to clean up the swamps of D.C.
- Evan Bayh
“Together we were able to create the 21 Century Scholars program. Together we created the
“I stand ready in the years to come to help my fellow citizens in any capacity that they see fit for me to serve them. I also hope more than anything that together we can find a better type of politics. One that emphasizes hope, not fear. One that brings us together rather than divides us. One that finds common ground that we can stand on and move forward on together
During his speech, Bayh seemed to criticize the bigger Republican cause. While the screens to the left of the stage were showing national election results, Bayh spoke to Hoosiers as if he were addressing the entire country, not just the state.
Bayh remained hopeful for a bright, Democratic future for the state and the country. “While we may have our disappointments this evening, tomorrow will bring a new day bringing with it the potential for new horizons of hope and opportunity for all of our people. Let us go forward, determined in the days ahead that we will enable our friends to live out the full meaning of the pledge.”
As quickly as the speech began, it ended and Bayh left the stage. An overall somber mood for Democrats, the night proved a great disappointment. Losing Democratic candidates made quick speeches and quick disappearances behind the stage curtain.