Indiana U.S. Senate Field Now Numbers Four
By Mike Perleberg
(Left to right) Indiana U.S Senator Joe Donnelly, 6th District Congressman Luke Messer, 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita, and former state representative Mike Braun.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is officially in the running to keep his seat.
Donnelly filed paperwork for re-election Thursday. So far, he is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the May primary as he seeks a second term in the Senate.
Also filing Thursday was one of Donnelly’s potential general election opponents. That’s Fourth District Republican Representative Todd Rokita, who says Donnelly does not spend enough time in Indiana to listen to Hoosiers.
“That’s where I’ve been the best public servant I can be, by getting my marching orders right from Hoosiers, not Washington elites. I’m going to be Joe Donnelly’s worst nightmare and Donald Trump’s best friend,” Rokita said.
Rokita and Donnelly’s filing brings the number of Senate candidates to four after two Republicans, Sixth District Representative Luke Messer and former state representative Mike Braun, filed their paperwork Wednesday.
“I’m running for U.S. Senate to defeat Joe Donnelly and give Hoosiers a Senator who will fight for Indiana’s families and pass the Trump-Pence agenda,” Messer said in a statement Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate is broken and failing the American people. Joe Donnelly is a big part of the problem. Joe tells us he’s working with the President, but time and again he votes with Washington liberals to obstruct the Trump agenda. Hoosiers deserve a Senator who votes with us 100 percent of the time.”
Three other Republican candidates are pushing to file their paperwork before next Friday’s deadline for May’s Republican primary, but they are far behind on gathering signatures. Senate candidates must submit signatures of 500 registered voters from each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts in order to appear on the primary ballot.