Western Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg/Lafayette) formally announced his US Senate campaign yesterday, presumably pitting him against fellow US Rep. Luke Messer (R-Greensburg/Muncie) for the GOP nomination. The eventual Republican nominee will tackle first-term Sen. Joe Donnelly (D). With Indiana overwhelmingly supporting President Trump and his running mate, home state Gov. Mike Pence (57-38%), Sen. Donnelly becomes one of the more vulnerable Senators standing for re-election in 2018. Mr. Rokita is urging voters to support him by “taking the next step to defeat the elite”, meaning “lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, and the media.”
Within the last two weeks, Rep. Messer tweeted that he will enter the Senate race, with a formal announcement soon forthcoming. On Monday, state Rep. Mike Braun (R-Jasper) announced his own US Senate candidacy.
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