Businessman Mike Braun will defeat two sitting congressmen in Indiana's Republican Senate primary, while it's too early to call the Senate primary contests in West Virginia and OH, according to the Fox News Decision Desk. Braun will face off against incumbent Sen. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita. Donnelly with the GOP nominee.
Mike Braun has captured the Republican Senate nomination, after a bitter race against two IN congressmen.
With few major policy differences, the candidates ran bitter campaigns by arguing who's the strongest Trump supporter.
Trump won West Virginia by 42 percentage points in the 2016 election.
WISH-TV's Megan Sanctorum spent the day with Braun campaign staff and supporters at Moontown Brewing in Whitestown.
Braun has campaigned on his business background and has pledged to bring back jobs that have been outsourced overseas.
Braun is a multi-millionaire who loaned over $5.4 million to his own campaign, outspending each of his opponents roughly 2-to-1.
Among the three, Braun probably has the best chance against Donnelly, particularly if he keeps coming up with money. He says he hopes Rokita and Messer will rally behind him for what he notes is their common goal of defeating Donnelly.
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Braun was criticized for having voted in Democratic primaries for decades, Messer for buying a house near Washington, D.C., and Rokita for overstating his ties to Trump. Democrats are already responding in kind, with an online ad using clips of Rokita blasting Braun's statehouse votes for a gas tax hike.
All of the GOP candidates were the subject of unflattering news stories. Dan Canon, Robert Chatlos and Liz Watson all battled for that nomination in Indiana's 9th District.
Methodist minister-turned-health care company executive Mel Hall will be the Democratic challenger to Walorski for the northern IN congressional seat.
Rokita in particular tested whether a Republican candidate not named Trump could find success by adopting the president's over-the-top and confrontational style.
Several races in other key states, including Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, were also decided Tuesday night. Baird finished ahead of Steve Braun, GOP Senate nominee Mike Braun's brother who was head of the state workforce development agency under then-Gov. This made the Indiana GOP senate primary one of the most expensive races in this 2018 cycle so far. His own business regularly does business with manufacturers in China. Zakas was elected to the Senate seat in 1982. He'll take on potentially vulnerable Republican incumbent Jackie Walorski.
Three-term Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel survived a tough primary challenge from a former Carmel city official.
DeWine, Ohio's attorney general and a former US senator, dispatched Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who ran a hard-core conservative campaign, by a comfortable 60/40 margin. It is too early to say whether former coal executive Don Blankenship will beat U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.