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November 2, 2010

Exit Poll: Economic fears aided Coats' Senate win in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — A preliminary Associated Press exit poll suggests that Indiana residents worried about the struggling economy and disenchanted with President Barack Obama played a key role helping former Sen. Dan Coats reclaim his old Senate seat.

Two-thirds of those who voted Tuesday said the economy was the most important issue facing the nation and nearly six in 10 of them favored the Republican Coats over Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth.

Slightly more than half of the voters said they were very worried about the nation's economy, and Coats collected about two-thirds of their votes.

The exit poll results also show that Coats was favored by nine out of 10 voters who said they strongly disapprove of Obama's handing of his job as president.

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