Businessman and preceding state Rep. Mike Braun is projected to win Indiana’s Republican Senate essential and will get a crack at Sen. Joe Donnelly, one of the chamber’s most vulnerable Democrats, be at one to NBC News.
He is projected to emerge from a bitter three-way GOP primary that item face personal attacks and efforts by candidates to prove they most emulate President Donald Trump. Indiana voters chose a prospect who billed himself as an outsider over Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Untidiness, lawmakers who tried to prove they supported Trump in Congress.
The GOP sort outs Indiana as one of its best opportunities to win a Democratic seat in November. Trump won the imperial by about 20 percentage points in 2016, giving the party assurance that it could challenge Donnelly regardless of the primary winner.
Braun, 64, turn both of his primary opponents as creatures of a corrupt Washington political the power structure. He flooded the airwaves with his own money, loaning more than $5 million to his run and outspending both of his opponents.
Braun notably released an ad in which he carried all life-sized cutouts of Rokita and Messer, and asked people in the street to label the congressmen. They struggled to do so.
In an ad late last month, Braun broke, “I’m running because Trump paved the way.”
Braun brushed off attacks far voting in Democratic primaries until 2012, saying he did so to “weigh in” on county races in a blue area and did not vote for Democrats in state or national nominations. He also faced fresh criticism recently as an Associated Press study found his business record may not match his campaign rhetoric.
On Tuesday eventide, the major parties set the stage for a bitter battle ahead.
In a statement, Senate Republicans’ competition arm congratulated Braun and highlighted his background as a businessman. National Republican Senatorial Panel Executive Director Chris Hansen argued the Republican’s “success in generating jobs for Hoosiers as a business owner is a stark contrast to Joe Donnelly’s telling of shipping jobs to Mexico.”
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein answered to Braun’s projected win by saying he “emerges tonight badly damaged from one of the most divisive acmes in the country, where the candidates focused more on petty political strikes than on Hoosiers.” In a statement, Bergstein said Braun “will be strained to run on his record of self-dealing and using the power of the Statehouse to enrich himself.”
Since Trump suited president, Donnelly has cast himself as one of the most bipartisan members of the Senate. He and other unguarded Democrats have joined with Republicans on some votes, signaling the warning they face in opposing Trump too often.
He has voted with Trump’s sets about 55 percent of the time — the fourth-highest among current Democrats in the Senate, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Donnelly comes to have a money advantage heading into the general election. As of at length month, his campaign had more than $6 million on hand, far outpacing Braun.