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Democrat Donnelly holds on in 2nd District

November 2, 2010

Democrats have held onto one of the most hotly contested congressional seats in the country with Rep. Joe Donnelly winning re-election Tuesday in northern Indiana's 2nd district.

The district was a top target of Republicans in their drive to win a U.S. House majority. Donnelly unseated a Republican congressman in 2006 as the Democrats took control of the house.

Donnelly faced an aggressive campaign from Jackie Walorski, a tea party favorite and an outspoken conservative, who was on pace to lose the election by only a couple thousand votes.

Donnelly took an unusual jab at his party's leadership during the campaign with a television ad that referred to climate change legislation as "Nancy Pelosi's energy tax."

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