Messer officially joins the 2018 U.S. Senate race

Staff Report
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Luke Messer announced his run for the 2018 U.S. Senate with a simple post on Twitter Wednesday.

A large red campaign logo was posted on Messer’s Twitter account reading “I Like Luke.” Along with the graphic, Messer announced, “We’re in!! See you at the picnic on August 12th.” The campaign will kick off at the 6th Annual Messer Family BBQ in Morristown.

Luke Messer is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana.

Elected to Congress in 2012, Messer currently serves as a Republican representative for Indiana’s 6th district.

Messer was expected to run. In recent weeks, he has clashed with Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, who is also widely anticipated to jump in the race. Whoever wins the Republican primary will challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly.

In response to Messer’s first campaign move, a spokesman for Donnelly’s campaign said only one person on the 2018 ballot has a track record of working across party lines.

“Hoosiers know that Joe will always put them first,” Peter Hanscom said in the statement. “Joe’s no stranger to rolling up his sleeves and reaching across the aisle to get things done to keep good-paying jobs in Indiana, protect our service members and veterans, and combat the opioid epidemic ravaging our state.”

Serving in the U.S. Senate since 2012, Donnelly ran as the unopposed Democratic nominee in the primary and defeated Republican Richard Mourdock in the general election. 

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