Favorites Win Nearly Everywhere on First Big Primary Night of 2018

“Mike Braun- he is a lifelong Democrat. He voted for Obama or Hillary,” Rep. Todd Rokita said in a recent television

Terre Haute, IN - The 2018 Indiana Primary Election has officially come to a close, the voters have spoken and candidate Mike Braun has been selected as the GOP Candidate to race against Democratic rival Joe Donnelly in November. With 93 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Braun had captured 41 percent of the vote, compared to 30 percent for Rep. Todd Rokita and 29 percent for Rep. Luke Messer.

Other Republican primary races in OH and West Virginia on Tuesday also feature outsider businessmen who have gone all out to show their allegiance to Trump and accuse their rivals of lacking the same fealty. Democrats are already responding in kind, with an online ad using clips of Rokita blasting Braun's statehouse votes for a gas tax hike.

Shine is confident in Banks's ability to defeat Democratic challenger Courtney Tritch, saying she's "on the side" of the likes of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) and Sen. Donnelly is one of 10 Democrats running for reelection in states Trump won in 2016, and one of five in states he won by a wide margin.

The Herald Bulletin will update this story.

In the Democratic race for OH governor, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray are fighting for the progressive mantle.

Indiana's GOP field for November's election appears to be in place. "Who is going to fight to protect our good paying jobs, and additionally who will be an independent voice for IN?"

"I want to congratulate Mike Braun on his victory tonight".

"It was interesting", Braun said in an interview with CBS4.

WISH-TV's David Williams said it felt like a party early Tuesday night inside the Brickyard Crossing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and his supporters gathered to watch election results roll in with excitement.

Donnelly says he hopes to make health care and jobs the centerpiece of the campaign, but says he's "ready for a fight".

Braun is a multi-millionaire who loaned over $5.4 million to his own campaign, outspending each of his opponents roughly 2-to-1. GOP Rep. Ted Budd has also been outraised by his likely Democratic opponent, philanthropist Kathy Manning.

In recent days, the contest in West Virginia has received the most national attention, with Blankenship portraying himself as a true conservative outsider. His brother Steve, a former Zionsville state representative and workforce development commissioner, lost his bid for Rokita's House seat by seven points to Greencastle Representative Jim Baird.

"When you've got a three-way race that's close, that means you might have two-thirds of the voters and two-thirds of the backers who aren't really sold on the victor even if they sincerely dislike and want to get rid of the incumbent", said Helmke, who directs the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center at Indiana University in Bloomington.



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