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Indiana Election 2011 | Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations

Young Wins Tight GOP Primary in 9th District

Republican Todd Young will face off against Baron Hill in Indiana’s 9th congressional district in November, after winning Tuesday’s Republican primary.

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  • Waiting for Results

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    Photo: Regan McCarthy

    Todd Young and two staffers anxiously refresh internet pages looking for definitive news of a victory in the 9th District.

  • A Call from Hankins

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    Photo: Regan McCarthy

    Todd Young takes a congratulatory phone call from GOP runner-up Travis Hankins.

  • Conceding Victory

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    Photo: Regan McCarthy

    After being cautiously optimistic about his chances all night, Young admits he's won the race after Travis Hankins called to concede.

Republican Todd Young will face off against Baron Hill in Indiana’s 9th congressional district in November, after winning Tuesday’s Republican primary. Despite most polls showing Young ahead by more than 1000 votes, the Orange County Deputy Prosecutor was hesitant to celebrate until receiving a call from second-place finisher Travis Hankins.

Young thanked his wife, children and party members for contributing to his primary win and he said he’ll be counting on them for more help in the coming months.

“Tonight everyone, let’s have some fun and celebrate — I’m not going to say a small victory, because this is a pretty significant victory,” Young said.  ‘But we did not run for Indiana’s 9th congressional district seat [just] to be the Republican nominee.”

And Young said he’s ready to take on the challenge, adding his campaign has so far been a grassroots effort — an attribute, he said, that’s not changing.

“We’ll continue to talk about the same message of fiscal responsibility that resonated so well in the primary election,” he said.  “We’ll be working and out-hustling the competitor.  And we’ll be traveling and not neglecting any corner of this very large district.”

Young said his supporters raised $500,000 to help him in the primary election and says he expects money will continue to flow in from backers in the 9th district, as well as from people outside Indiana who want to make sure a conservative bests Baron Hill. Young said though he’s excited for the future, he knows how he’ll follow up 72 consecutive hours of campaigning — by catching up on a little sleep.