Democrat Donnelly holds on in 2nd District

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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