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3 Reasons Joe Donnelly May Be Worried About Mike Braun in Indiana

The senior senator from Indiana may be in jeopardy as he runs for reelection for the first time. Here's why.

By NTK Staff | 05.09.2018 @10:30am
3 Reasons Joe Donnelly May Be Worried About Mike Braun in Indiana

On Tuesday, Republican Hoosiers chose businessman and former state legislator Mike Braun to take on Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) in the fall’s U.S. Senate race. Braun topped two sitting congressmen, Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Luke Messer (R-IN).

Looking at Tuesday’s results, and Braun’s profile as a candidate, there are several reasons why Donnelly may be sweating a matchup with Braun in the fall.


In a brutal primary that was characterized in part by a long-standing rivalry between Rokita and Messer, Braun appeared to successfully float above the fray.

Perhaps the most memorable ad of the primary was Braun’s cardboard stunt against Rokita and Messer, in which he attacked the D.C. politicians as practically the same.

Expect Braun – who won 41 percent of the vote to Rokita’s 30 percent and Messer’s 29 percent – to make a similar argument against Donnelly this fall. Donnelly has been a Washington, D.C. politician since 2007.


Republican strategist Chris Wilson pointed out on Wednesday morning that GOP turnout is up in 2018, compared to 2014.

Increased GOP enthusiasm in the Hoosier State, where Trump beat Clinton by 19 points, may be enough to counter any enthusiasm Donnelly receives from anti-Trump voters.


It was mentioned above, but Braun is better able than either Messer or Rokita to argue that he is an outsider and stranger to D.C.

Amid a nationwide anti-establishment mood, Braun will argue for his businessman credentials against Donnelly’s 14-plus years running for D.C. offices.

Here’s what Braun’s campaign bio says, as of Wednesday:

Mike is running because Hoosiers are ready for leaders who can break the stranglehold career politicians have on the federal government. Mike is ready to bring conservative change to Washington. Mike knows that President Trump is going to need reinforcements if he is going to drain the swamp in DC, and replacing Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly with a Hoosier conservative who can get the job done is a good place to start.

Donnelly remains one of the most vulnerable U.S. Senate incumbents in 2018, and he appears to have a formidable challenger in Braun.

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