Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

In Indiana GOP Primary, Candidates Try To 'Out-Trump' Each Other

In Indiana GOP Primary, Candidates Try To 'Out-Trump' Each Other

Indiana Republicans who picked wealthy former state lawmaker Mike Braun as their Senate candidate now are hoping he's not too battered from a grueling primary to mount an effective challenge against a vulnerable Democratic incumbent.

As expected, Rep. James Renacci won the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in OH and will challenge incumbent Sen.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer issued a statement Friday saying that no matter who won the GOP primary election, the nominee will be "a strong conservative" and "a steadfast supporter of the Trump-Pence agenda" and will have "a track record of delivering real results" in Congress, the General Assembly or the private sector.

Braun, a former state legislator who poured their own money into the race, has been supposed to conquer Reps.

Braun ran his campaign working to set himself apart from his opponents Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, and it looks like that message resonated with voters.

With almost half of the states votes in, Braun is leading the race with 41 percent, while Messer and Rokita are at 30 and 29 percent respectively. Braun will take on incumbent Democratic Sen. The seat was held by Mike Pence until he became governor in 2013. Republicans have a slim 51-49 edge in the Senate.

The top of that list was mining executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia, the state that should give the GOP it's best chance to pick up a U.S. Senate seat this November.

Mr. Blankenship finished third, well behind Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who won the nomination, and second-place finisher Rep. Evan Jenkins.

On Monday, President Trump appealed to the state's primary voters to oppose Blankenship, arguing he "can't win" in the general election.

Blankenship is known in the state for spending a year in jail after the 2010 explosion at his Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 workers.

"It didn't work out", Blankenship told reporters Tuesday night in Charleston.

Another race of note was the Democratic primary to unseat Republican Trey Hollingsworth.

"I really believe if you get 10 to 12 of us in the Senate that have lived our lives first of all in the trenches of conservatism, not through the lens of a politician, I think that's a key difference, you will actually start to see things change", said Braun.

IN voter Chris Thurston says he chose Rep. Luke Messer in the Republican U.S. Senate primary because he wants someone who will be an independent thinker. His competitions have asked who he voted for in the 2008 Democratic principal race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but Braun maintains he hunted for.

The primaries in West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and in kicked off a busy month of roughly a dozen contests that will establish congressional matchups for November and shape expectations as the parties battle for control of the House and Senate.

In Ohio, Rep. Jim Renacci is favored to win the nationrsquo;s primary on Tuesday and confront against incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown in November. Even the Foxnews Decision Desk can not yet endeavor no matter if Renacci will conquer his rival Republicans.

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