Messer Fundraising In 2Q Doesn’t Elevate Him Over Potential Senate Primary Challenger
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN 6) (left) speaks with Hillenbrand CEO Joe Raver during a visit to Batesville on July 10. Photo provided.
(Undated) – Luke Messer has more than $2 million in his campaign war chest as the congressman prepares for a potential Senate bid.
Messer, a Republican representing Indiana’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, may challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly in 2018.
Messer’s campaign announced Saturday it has raised $1.52 million toward the 2018 election cycle after raking in $578,185 in contributions during the second quarter.
“I want to thank our finance committee for their hard work. We are excited that Luke continues to build all the resources he would need to run a strong campaign,” said Greg Pence, Messer’s Finance Committee Chairman and brother to Vice President Mike Pence.
Although he has not confirmed a run for Senate in 2018, Messer did take the step of forming his campaign finance committee last March.
A potential Senate race primary opponent for Messer is fellow Hoosier Republican Congressman Todd Rokita. He has not declared a run either, but did raise $1 million in the second quarter to give him $2.3 million cash on hand.
Donnelly, meanwhile, reported raising $1.5 million in the second quarter with $3.7 million cash on hand.