VALPARAISO | State Sen. Ed Charbonneau appears to have won re-election over Democrat Deb Porter in a race he said he knew was "going to be closer than anybody would want."
"I'm pleased," Charbonneau said. "Hopefully people realize I am a man of integrity and with the competence to represent the constituents, and that I'm willing to reach across party lines to get things done. I have a voting record, and people can look at it and understand what I stand for."
He said jobs, economic development and the infrastructure will be critical issues in the coming legislative session along with funding for education.
Porter said she succeeded in holding her own in Porter County, which was her goal.
"We stuck to our principals and worked hard, and there's nothing I can look back on and say I should have done something differently," Porter said. "We hit 26,000 people, and for the most part our conversations with people were very positive. I think a lot of people just voted the status quo."