Republican Dan Coats will return to the U.S. Senate from Indiana after leaving the chamber a decade ago to work as a lobbyist.
Coats defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth and Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris in the race to succeed Democrat Evan Bayh. The GOP had counted on a Coats victory to help the party win the 10 seats it needs to gain control of the Senate.
Coats left the Senate in 1999, but decided to run again this year because he said he was unhappy with the way Democrats were running the country.
He outspent Ellsworth and had tried to cast the Democrat as a rubber stamp for liberals in Washington. Ellsworth portrayed Coats as a wealthy Beltway insider who didn't represent Indiana values -- an argument that apparently failed to resonate with voters.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.