Indiana's 9th District congressional race that political analysts thought was too close to call beforehand ended with a wide gap between Republican winner Todd Young and Democratic incumbent Baron Hill.

Unofficial results showed Young with 118,055 votes, or 52 percent, and Hill with 95,301 votes, or 42 percent. Libertarian Greg "No Bull" Knott got 12,364 votes, or 5 percent.

"But we proved all the pundits and the experts wrong by taking back our congressional seat," Young said in a statement Tuesday night. "And now we have to prove the nay-sayers wrong by turning our country around and preserving the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

"It's no easy feat, but we're Americans. We've been proving the skeptics wrong for the last 200 years. I'm confident we will do it again."

The Associated Press quoted Young from the Bloomington Herald-Times talking about voter expectations. "They don't want the fiscal irresponsibility that happened with Republican control, either," Young was quoted saying.

Hill could not be reached for comment.

Hill defended his record during the campaign, and after getting beat. After conceding defeat he was quoted by The Associated Press saying, "I firmly believe from the bottom of my heart that we have saved this country from economic disaster, and the American people didn't see it that way. In part, that's our fault for not getting the message out."

Hill has represented the 9th District for 10 of the last 12 years, losing in 2004 to a Republican.

Young said in a news account that he and Hill had a nice conversation Tuesday night and will talk more during the transition. Hill told the Indianapolis Star that his immediate plans are for him and his wife, Betty, to take their grandchild to the zoo and to visit their daughter in Michigan.

Young, 38, a Paoli attorney who lives in Bloomington, criticized Hill during the campaign for Hill's votes supporting the health care reform bill, the federal economic stimulus, the cap-and-trade energy bill and the automaker bailout. Hill characterized Young as a wealthy lawyer from Carmel whose aspirations included imposing a nationwide 23 percent national sales tax and eliminating Social Security.

Young's House term will begin in January. The term is for two years. The pay is $174,000 a year.

The 9th Congressional District represents Jefferson, Clark, Scott, Jennings, Ripley, Switzerland, Bartholomew, Brown, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, DuBois, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Monroe, Ohio, Orange, Spencer and Washington counties.