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What Alabama senate race means for Hoosiers

Indiana- ABC 57 News spoke with ABC News Political Director Rick Klein about what Alabama's Senate election means for Indiana Races.

Tuesday night, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Moore had to battle accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior from multiple women. The women were teenagers at the time, while Moore was in his 30's.

"This changes the Senate landscape in some fundamental ways," says ABC News Political Director Rick Klein while speaking with ABC 57 News.

Klein believes Jones' victory is a strong indicator of how the 2018 midterms elections could play out for Democrats, including Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly.

"I think the message to Senator Donnelly is pretty clear to maintain your principles, don't be cowed by anything the presidents doing, don't oppose him just for oppositions sake. respect the fact that your own state went for him as strongly as it did." Said Klein. "But find a way to craft your own identity. If you can do that, you have the potential to still motivate the coalition of democrats that you need to win in a state like Indiana, or Alabama for that matter."

Donnelly is up for re-election in the 2018 Midterms. So far Republican Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita have the best chance of winning the nomination to challenge Donnelly.

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