There was a little bit of "controversy" going into the debate because I was accused by one of the candidates (U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana) who originally declined to participate in the debate and later changed his mind, of being a liberal.
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer has declared Mike Braun the victor of the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. In other words, he's just about the flawless candidate to take on an incumbent Democrat like Sen.
"How lengthy do I've to be in politics to get a go well with like that", Braun jokes within the advert.
Matt Hostettler, the son of former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, won a three-way race for an open GOP seat in the Evansville area.
Two days after the primary, one of the Republicans will share a podium in South Bend for a rally with President Trump. I believe that Mike Braun is the right person to ensure that our long-held IN principles are pushed hard IN Washington, D.C.
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.
Several races in other key states, including Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, were also decided Tuesday night.
The 64 year-old local businessman owns Meyer Distributing and Meyer Logistics in Jasper, and entered the Indiana General Assembly as a state representative in 2014, representing District 63, before resigning in November 2017 to focus on his run for U.S. Senate. Among other things his ads suggest is that he is an outsider, even though he served in the in state legislature. I've long said that we need to see less of Washington in IN, and more of in IN Washington.
Braun said he believes the general election campaign will be more positive than his Republican primary campaign was.
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"We spent about what we figured it would take", Braun said. Morrisey, a former lobbyist who was attacked for New Jersey roots and ties to the pharmaceutical industry, was heavily backed by movement conservatives like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. "We'll see by November that he's no match for Joe Donnelly's hard work and Hoosier common sense".
"Congratulations to Mike Braun on his win in tonight's primary", said NRSC Executive Director Chris Hansen. Pittinger is the first incumbent to lose his seat this primary season.
There was a a lot of excitement at Mike Braun's headquarters in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, as supporters were burning the midnight oil mingling and talking to him after this big win in the primary race.
"It's still a very Republican state".
The Republican race for US Senate includes two congressmen and a businessman, all of them are on the campaign trail touting why they best represent the qualities of President Donald Trump in a state at the heart of "Trump Country".
Mike Braun will also take this race directly to Democrat Joe Donnelly. "He's got a track record of delivering results, and he'll provide the firewall to prevent obstructionist Democrats from causing even more gridlock in Washington".
Some questioned whether Braun's history voting for Democrats would come back to haunt him.
Democrat Richard Cordray, the state's former attorney general and the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, crushed the other candidates in his primary including former congressman Dennis Kucinich, by 39 percentage points.