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Messer Says He Now Has $2.4M For Senate Run

Posted On October 13, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(left to right) U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Congressman Luke Messer, Congressman Todd Rokita, and State Rep. Mike Braun.

(Undated) – Indiana’s Democratic Senator has more cash in the bank than the Republicans who want to take his seat in 2018.

The third-quarter campaign finance reports were released Thursday. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly raised just over $1.3 million in July, August, and September. Donnelly, who’s seen as one of the most vulnerable Senators in America, has over $4.6 million in his campaign bank account.

Donnelly’s fundraising is about twice what Republican Luke Messer raised in the same three months. Messer, currently the representative for Indiana’s 6th congressional district in Washington, has raised close to $735,000 in the quarter. He has a $2.4 million war chest.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the support of so many Hoosiers from every region of the state,” said Messer.

“Senator Joe Donnelly and those in the broken U.S. Senate stand in the way of commonsense conservative reforms. Hoosiers need a U.S. Senator who will vote with them 100% of the time. It’s time we repeal Obamacare, secure our border, and pass tax reform and a balanced budget.”

Messer has two opponents in the May 2018 GOP primary election. State Senator Mike Braun, a Republican from Jasper, reported third-quarter fundraising of nearly $1 million, with $800,000 contributed himself.

Indiana U.S. Congressman Todd Rokita has not reported his third quarter fundraising, but has until October 15 to submit the financial reports.