Mike Braun Wins Indiana's Republican Senate Primary

Rokita Touts Trump During Warsaw Stop

Messer and Rokita attacked Braun for his past votes in Democratic primaries. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Luke Messer (R-IN), who spent most of the a year ago making vicious personal attacks on one another.

In recent days, the contest in West Virginia has received the most national attention.

Fueled by politically motivated attack ads, the race was one of the most volatile in the country.

Braun was accused of pushing legislation at the General Assembly that cut taxes for his timber holdings, Rokita was said to have conducted political activities on state government time and property while he was IN secretary of state, and Messer had to answer for two drunken-driving arrests IN the 1990s.

"Remember Joe Donnelly voted for Obamacare".

Braun was elected to the Indiana State House in 2014.

"It's all of our job to do it, and I think that's what is going to carry me to victory", Braun said.

According to Politico, Braun's effort was powered by almost $6 million of his own money that he either loaned or gave to his campaign.

Messer said he was disappointed by the result of the election, "but I wouldn't take any of it back".

FOX59 spoke with Sen.

After the race was called, Mr. Braun immediately shifted his attention to Mr. Donnelly, saying the incumbent is "just another career politician who has spent almost his entire career in politics and government".

Asked about the appeal of Braun's "outsider" approach, Donnelly, 62, told news media Tuesday night, "What I think people really want is a focus on their lives, on making sure we keep and grow jobs right here in IN, that we focus on good health care for them and that we stand up against things like the McConnell tax cuts, where their Medicare is being challenged and being questioned, where their health care premiums are going to be going up".

Those comments likely helped Braun, a former state legislator, win the race to be identified as the most pro-Trump of the three.

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"To be honest with you I never even thought about it", said Donnelly.

"Hoosiers need a strong team representing Indiana's interests in the United States Senate".

"This is just the start of what President Trump can accomplish if he has the leaders that support him in Washington", Messer told Reuters after a campaign event in Carmel, Indiana.

Braun beat two other major candidates, Reps. I've long said that we need to see less of Washington in IN, and more of in IN Washington.

In a phone conversation with The Herald last month, he said the main reason he threw his hat in the ring was because after building a career and a business outside of the political world, he learned many things he believes would be applicable to the U.S. Senator role.

In the 9th Congressional District, between suburban Charlotte and Fayetteville, GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger is working to fend off a primary challenger in conservative pastor Mark Harris, and he's had to move to the right in order to do so, which could endanger him more come November. "He voted against tax reform".

Hoosiers will have quite the mixed bag of candidates when November's election comes around after a whirlwind May Primary. His rivals have asked who he voted for in the 2008 Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but Braun claims he voted for neither.

West Virginia's Patrick Morrisey, Ohio's Jim Renacci and Indiana's Mike Braun won their respective GOP Senate primaries on Tuesday.

It's been a busy primary season.

OH has always been considered a crucial swing-state.

Braun, who owns a distribution and freight company, says he would not have launched his Republican effort for the U.S. Senate if Trump had not blazed the trail two years ago. He said he had a hard time telling where Pence stands on issues, although both profess support for most of President Donald Trump's agenda. But it doesn't stop there.

Braun will now prepare to tackle Donnelly for his U.S. Senate seat. Steve Braun is the brother of Senate candidate Mike Braun.

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