Indiana’s 9th District race came down to one question, in the end: Whose poll numbers do you believe? Republican challenge Todd Young insisted his polling showed him up by double digits with just days before the election, while many national watchers listed the race as “too close to call.” In the end, it was the Young-leaning numbers which proved correct, as the first-time politician scored a sizable victory over the five-term incumbent. Young says the election is a first step, adding Congress has a number more to make.
“Well I’ll be 1 of 435 members if I get elected tonight,” Young says, “but I really hope that congress turns to fiscal responsibility and getting the budget balanced and making some of those decisions we’ve neglected too long in Washington.”
Young says getting voter input will be important when making decisions about his home state.
“I will listen to people,” says Young. “I will continue to consult with them and take their hopes and concerns and ideas in mind as I make decisions in Congress. I think we have lost that in recent years.”
For his part, Hill would not rule out another run for congress in 2012.
“There’s always another election down the road,” Hills say, “you can get them back.”
Young says Hill has pledged to make a smooth transition between offices before the freshman Republican is sworn in early next year.