Incumbent Democrat Baron Hill failed to survive the wave of Republican support Tuesday from voters, falling to GOP challenger Todd Young in Indiana’s 9th District U.S. House race.
The 38-year-old Young won his first election by besting five-term Congressman Hill. Young was strong in Southern Indiana, as he garnered 55 percent of the vote in Floyd County compared to Hill’s 40 percent according to the unofficial totals.
With 72 of 73 precincts having reported in Clark County as of press time, Young was beating Hill 52 percent to 42 percent. Hill carried Floyd and Clark on his way to beating Republican Mike Sodrel in 2008.
Young’s victory was one of several for Republicans nationally, as the GOP took control of the House from Democrats Tuesday.
“I’m honored that I have this opportunity to serve the people of the 9th District,” Young said.
He added that he’s looking forward to setting-up his staff and “buckling down and tackling some issues that have been ignored for far too long.”
Hill conceded to Young Tuesday evening, thanking his supporters and volunteers in a speech. Hill called Young to congratulate him on the victory and ensure an easy transition of constituent case work, Hill spokesman Daniel Altman said.