Democrat Jill Long parlayed her familiarity from two previous failed campaigns into an upset victory in a special election for the House seat once held by Vice President Dan Quayle.
Long, 36, a business professor who was soundly defeated in the general election less than five months ago, received 65,160 votes or 51 percent to 63,388 votes or 49 percent for Republican Dan Heath."I knew it was going to be a tough race," Long said as she declared victory Tuesday night. "I believed we were going to win. The surprise would have been if there had been a large margin of victory."
The victory was the Democrats first in northeast Indiana's 4th District since 1974 and ended a string of seven GOP victories, some marked by 2-1 margins, that Quayle began in 1976.