United States Senate election in Indiana, 2018

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United States Senate election in Indiana, 2018

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Nominee Joe Donnelly Mike Braun Lucy Brenton
Party Democratic Republican Libertarian

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Joe Donnelly
Democratic



The 2018 United States Senate election in Indiana will take place on November 6, 2018 concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is running for reelection to a second term.[1] He will face the nominee of the Republican Party, businessman and former State Representative Mike Braun, in the general election.

Politico has described the race as "possibly the GOP's best opportunity to seize a Senate seat from Democrats" in the 2018 elections.[2] The primary election was held on May 8, 2018.[3]

Background[edit]

Donnelly holds a 47% to 26% approval rating among his constituents,[4] in a state Donald Trump carried with about 56.5% to about 37.5% for Democrat Hillary Clinton.[5][6]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Martin Del Rio, Iraq War veteran[7][8]

Endorsements[edit]

Joe Donnelly
U.S. Vice Presidents
United States Senators
Organizations

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Donnelly (incumbent) 284,621 100.0
Total votes 284,621 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Eliminated in the primary election[edit]

Declined[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Mike Braun
U.S. Senators
State Senators
State Representatives
Organizations
Newspapers
Luke Messer
U.S. Representatives
State-level officials
Former state party chairs
Local-level officials
Individuals
Todd Rokita
State-level officials
Former state party chairs
Local-level officials
Individuals
Newspapers

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Luke
Messer
Todd
Rokita
Mike
Braun
Other Undecided
Strategic National (R) May 5–6, 2018 300 ± 5.7% 29% 28% 44%
Gravis Marketing April 6–11, 2018 280 ± 5.9% 13% 16% 26% 45%
GS Strategy Group (R-Rokita) January 6–9, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 9% 24% 9% 58%
GS Strategy Group (R-Rokita) July 16–18, 2017 500 ± 4.4% 20% 28% 51%
14% 21% 11% 55%
OnMedia (R-Messer) July 10–12, 2017 400 ± 4.8% 23% 23% 2% 7%[a] 45%

Results[edit]

Results by county:
Republican primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Braun 208,602 41.2
Republican Todd Rokita 151,967 30.0
Republican Luke Messer 146,131 28.8
Total votes 506,700 100.0

Independent[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • James Johnson, Jr.[59]

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Mike Braun, businessman and former State Representative (R)
  • Lucy Brenton (L)
  • Joe Donnelly, incumbent (D)
  • James Johnson, Jr. (I)

Debates[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[60] Tossup September 28, 2018
Inside Elections[61] Tossup September 14, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[62] Tossup September 6, 2018
Daily Kos[63] Tossup September 17, 2018
Fox News[64] Tossup September 19, 2018
CNN[65] Tossup September 15, 2018
RealClearPolitics[66] Tossup September 13, 2018

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign finance reports as of Sep 30, 2018
Candidate (party) Total receipts Total disbursements Cash on hand
Joe Donnelly (D) $14,623,379 $10,178,450 $4,539,363
Mike Braun (R) $14,078,850 $12,186,873 $1,891,974
Source: Federal Election Commission[67]

Endorsements[edit]

Mike Braun (R)
U.S. Executive Branch Officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Governors
State Senators
State Representatives
Individuals
Organizations
Newspapers
Joe Donnelly (D)
U.S. Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
Local officials
Individuals
Organizations
Declined to endorse
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce[98]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Joe
Donnelly (D)
Mike
Braun (R)
Lucy
Brenton (L)
Other Undecided
American Viewpoint (R-Braun) October 14–17, 2018 800 40% 44% 7% 5%
Gravis Marketing October 12–16, 2018 377 ± 5.1% 44% 40% 7% 10%
Vox Populi Polling October 13–15, 2018 783 ± 3.5% 55% 45%
American Viewpoint (R-Braun) October 7–10, 2018 800 40% 44% 7% 7%
American Viewpoint (R-Braun) September 30 – October 3, 2018 800 39% 43% 7% 5%
Fox News September 29 – October 2, 2018 695 LV ± 3.5% 43% 41% 6% 2% 9%
806 RV ± 3.5% 41% 40% 6% 1% 10%
Ipsos September 12–20, 2018 1,181 ± 3.0% 46% 43% 3% 8%
Fox News September 8–11, 2018 677 LV ± 3.5% 43% 45% 3% 1% 8%
804 RV ± 3.5% 42% 41% 4% 1% 10%
Marist College August 26–29, 2018 576 LV ± 5.0% 44% 41% 8% 1% 6%
49% 43% 2% 7%
816 RV ± 4.2% 43% 40% 8% 1% 8%
48% 42% 2% 9%
The Trafalgar Group (R) July 31 – August 7, 2018 1,420 ± 2.6% 51% 39% 11%
SurveyMonkey/Axios June 11 – July 2, 2018 952 ± 5.0% 47% 49% 4%
Gravis Marketing May 10–15, 2018 400 ± 4.9% 46% 47% 7%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Indiana, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Donnelly (incumbent)
Republican Mike Braun
Libertarian Lucy Brenton
Majority
Turnout

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Curtis Hill* 4%; Mark Hurt†, Terry Henderson†, and Andrew Takami† with 1%. *Hypothetical candidate. †Withdrawn.

References[edit]

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  86. ^ Mike Braun. "Building my business, I've jumped over just about every hurdle D.C. can put in your path; in the Senate, I'll use my experience to help Hoosier business thrive. I'm honored to accept @USChamber's endorsement & look forward to working with them to keep our economy roaring. #INSen". Twitter.
  87. ^ Mike Braun. "My dad gave me my first shotgun when I was 10 years old and I still use it to this day. I am honored to accept the @NRA's endorsement and to work with them to fight Democrat attacks on Hoosiers' fundamental right to bear arms and defend their families. #INSen". Twitter.
  88. ^ Mike Braun. "Manufacturing is the backbone of Indiana's economy, & I'm honored to accept this endorsement from the leading advocate for Hoosier manufacturers: @IMA1901. I look forward to working with IMA to keep Indiana manufacturing thriving & keep D.C. out of their way. #INSen #IBackBraun". Twitter.
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  90. ^ John Gregg. "A great read in @JGfortwayne about @JoeforIndiana working hard for all Hoosiers! 'The hired help' Connecting with farmers big part of Donnelly's re-election effort". Twitter.
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  94. ^ Siskind, Amy [@Amy_Siskind] (October 8, 2018). "END Mitch McConnell's reign of terror. Donate/volunteer for these close senate races: Jacky Rosen, NV Phil Bredesen, TN Claire McCaskill, MO Bill Nelson, FL Joe Donnelly, IN Heidi Heitkamp, ND Beto O'Rourke, TX Kyrsten Sinema, AZ Tammy Baldwin, WI" (Tweet). Retrieved October 20, 2018 – via Twitter.
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External links[edit]

Debates
Official campaign websites