Congressman Todd Rokita Joins Crowded U.S. Senate Race
By Travis Thayer
Congressman Todd Rokita.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – It comes as no surprise, but Congressman Todd Rokita is running for Senate.
Rokita made the announcement in a speech at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday, The Indy Star reports.
The former Indiana Secretary of State released an ad urging voters in the state that backed President Donald Trump to get behind him and “defeat the elite.”
Rokita, a Republican, will have to defeat at least two others in the GOP primary before he can face off with incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. The crowded GOP primary includes rival Congressman Luke Messer, and State Rep. Mike Braun, who announced his candidacy earlier this week.
In recent weeks, Rokita and Messer have traded verbal jabs and accusations as they vie to unseat Senator Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2018.
As of July 17, Rokita held a slight advantage over Messer in fundraising for the second quarter of 2017. However, Rokita and Messer both trailed Donnelly’s fundraising totals.