FINAL RESULTS: Indiana primary election

Braun campaigns in Steuben

Wealthy businessman Mike Braun won the three-way GOP race for the right to challenge Joe Donnelly, who's considered one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats on the ballot this year. Braun faced Todd Rokita and Luke Messer in the Republican primary race.

Braun, who is also a former state legislator from Jasper, argued his experience is the closest to Trump because he's an outsider. Braun received 41 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is congratulating Mike Braun on winning the Republican nomination to face him, and throwing some early jabs for the fall campaign.

A Republican legislator from northern IN was defeated IN his bid for what would have been a record-tying 10th four-year term IN the state Senate, while an equally long-serving Democratic senator won his primary.

The Herald Bulletin will update this story. The nasty GOP race buoyed Democratic confidence that Donnelly could survive. With almost all the votes in, it appears Balderson survived, but he could have a tough time with O'Conner in an August special general election. We need someone who will support the kinds of things that have made IN a leading state for job creation, financial strength and stability, and workforce development.

Braun beat two other major candidates, Reps.

The Republican nominee then took the stage himself for a victory speech, during which he called on his former opponents to join him as he continues in the race for the Senate seat.

He'll square off now against Donnelly in a state Trump won by 19 percentage points in 2016.

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In an interview in the district last month, Baird said he hadn't been in touch with the National Republican Congressional Committee and hadn't done any polling.

Kyle Kondik, an analyst at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said Messer and Rokita "are going out of their way to be pro-Trump in nearly cartoonish fashion ..."

Donnelly, who is facing his first re-election bid, talked with reporters Wednesday morning, hours after the results were called.

Leading up to the election, Braun was billed as more of an outsider than his opponents.

One of the most important issues to Braun, and the first issue listed on Braun's campaign website, is protecting the Second Amendment.

The 72-year-old Baird is a farm owner who's been an Indiana House member for eight years. Richard Ojeda, a populist Democrat who made a name for himself during the teacher's strike has generated a lot of enthusiasm in the race to replace Jenkins in the House.

"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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