'Mini-Trump' candidates battle it out in Republican primaries

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly campaigns at a polling place in Indianapolis Indiana

It could also be seen as a win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who clashed with Blankenship during the campaign. They hope the winners will unseat what they see as vulnerable GOP incumbents in November.

The dust has settled after Indiana's raucous Republican U.S. Senate Primary - a race that drew national attention in recent days for its fierce competitiveness - and for the first time, the man still standing is a lifelong Jasper resident.

Braun has already said he'll "flush out" Donnelly for his votes on health care and the Republican tax cut. Trump won the state by 19 points in 2016. Aficionados of political eccentricity will mourn the departure of Rokita and the cardboard cutout of Trump that he carried around with him on the campaign trail.

Braun will face Sen.

Messer, a member of House leadership, recently nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his handling of North Korea.

"2018 is really the first opportunity for most of the states to have a referendum on Trump", Mike Murphy said, a former GOP state lawmaker.

Democrats haven't faced intense intra-party battles this year, but the primary race for OH governor has seen endorsements split between the party establishment and progressive activists, echoing the divisive 2016 presidential primary.

WISH-TV's David Williams said it felt like a party early Tuesday night inside the Brickyard Crossing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and his supporters gathered to watch election results roll in with excitement. Messer and Rokita, as "swamp creatures" who have long careers as politicians. "If somebody wants to take a swing at me, I'll be right there to fight back".

Rokita is now the congressional representative from Indiana's Fourth Congressional District, though he also spent time as the Indiana Deputy Secretary of State and Secretary of State before stepping into his current role.

Candidates are eyeing those districts that used to elect conservative Democrats before they were redistricted to favor the GOP after the 2010 census.


Former Democratic congressional staffer Liz Watson, an attorney from Bloomington, defeated civil rights lawyer Dan Canon and another candidate in the Democratic primary for the 9th District nomination.

His closest GOP rival was Muncie entrepreneur Jonathan Lamb, who loaned his campaign around $800,000 in an effort to keep pace with Pence.

The Vice President's brother, Greg Pence, won the GOP primary for Indiana's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday.

Mike Braun spent heavily on ads mocking his opponents, Reps.

Tonight, I'm excited to offer my support to Mike Braun, and I invite you to join me.

Democrats have almost two-thirds more candidates seeking legislative nominations this year than they did in the last midterm election four years ago.

IN is reliably Republican and is home to Vice President Mike Pence.

Renacci, a moderate Republican, has served in Congress since 2011.

Braun says he voted in Democratic primaries in the past because in his southern in home Democrats held all the local offices.

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