Live Results: Indiana as Republican Sen. Todd Young is projected to win against Democratic Mayor Tom McDermott for US Senate

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  • Sen. Todd Young is projected to win against Democrat Tom McDermott to represent Indiana in the US Senate.

  • McDermott has served as mayor of Hammond, Indiana's 8th largest city, for nearly two decades.

  • Young, who still has over $3 million cash on hand, will likely win the race.

Republican incumbent Sen. Todd Young is projected to win against Democrat Tom McDermott in Indiana to represent the state in the US Senate.

Polls have closed.


Indiana's Senate race candidates

Young, who is seeking a second term in Congress, serves on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.

His priorities include national security and strengthening US leadership abroad, and he has introduced and co-led numerous foreign policy legislation. Other priorities are curbing the opioid crisis, housing affordability, and growing the economy.

"No party has a monopoly on good ideas, and I think it's important to remember that," Young told Insider in 2021 for a profile headlined "Introducing Todd Young, the most important senator you've never heard".

Prior to his service in Congress, Young represented Indiana's 9th Congressional District in the US House and served in the Marine Corps.

McDermott, Young's challenger, has served as the mayor of Hammond for nearly two decades. Reproductive rights top his list of priorities, and he has stated on his campaign website that he supports abortion rights and would vote to codify Roe v. Wade if elected. Inflation, healthcare, and veterans are also on his list of priorities.

Prior to entering public office, McDermott served six years in the Navy as a nuclear submariner.

Indiana's voting history

The state voted for then-President Donald Trump over Joe Biden by a margin of 16 percentage points in the 2020 election. Since 1940, Indiana has voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election cycle except in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide over Barry Goldwater, and again in 2008, when Barack Obama defeated John McCain.

The money race

According to OpenSecrets, Young has raised $14.3 million, spent $10.7 million, and has $3.7 million cash on hand, as of October 19.

His challenger, McDermott, has raised $1.2 million, spent $1.1 million, and has $135,630 cash on hand, as of October 19.

Outside money is a minor factor in this race. As of November 7, a handful of super PACs, political action committees, and a nonprofit group had combined to spend about $277,000 to advocate for Young's re-election.

What experts say

The race between Young and McDermott is rated as "solid Republican" by Inside Elections, "solid Republican" by The Cook Political Report, and "safe Republican" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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