Republicans Senate candidates will hold first joint forum

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican candidates competing to run against Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly will make their joint first election-year public appearance on Jan. 13.

Hundreds of grassroots Republican activists will meet in Indianapolis as part of a two-day training event for local Republican Party leaders, candidates and volunteers. Each U.S. senate candidate will have a chance to speak to the gathering after which those in attendance will vote for their preference.

“Our U.S. senate straw poll will provide political watchers with the first grassroots barometer to measure early support in this high-profile, statewide race that has national implications,” said Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Kyle Hupfer in a statement. “I am confident that our eventual Republican party nominee will defeat Democrat Donnelly next November — and events like this will help Hoosiers determine who that candidate will be.”

Confirmed candidates are former state Rep. Mike Braun, businessmen Mark Hurt and Andrew Takami, and U.S. Rep. Luke Messer. Rep. Todd Rokita is also invited to attend and participate.

The Indiana primary is May 8. The GOP winner is likely to face Donnelly in November’s general election. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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