Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock on Tuesday night to become the next senator from Indiana and likely drive a nail into the coffin of GOP hopes to retake control of the Senate.
Fox News and NBC called the race for Donnelly, who ran as a socially conservative pro-life Democrat and relentlessly characterized Mourdock as an extremist.
Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Dick Lugar (R) in the GOP primary, also drew criticism early in the general election for describing compromise as a process where Democrats ought to come around to the Republican worldview. He backed off that approach, but a steady campaign by the three-term Donnelly was enough to sink him.
Sahil Kapur is a congressional reporter for TPM. He previously covered politics and public policy for numerous publications including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. He can be reached at sahil [at] talkingpointsmemo.com.