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Indiana voters sort out 'Dante's Inferno' GOP Senate primary

Indiana voters sort out 'Dante's Inferno' GOP Senate primary

On Tuesday, Republican primary voters can choose between auto parts businessman and former state representative Mike Braun, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer from the 6th District in east central in, and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita from the 4th District in west central Indiana.

Braun emerged the victor Tuesday from a bruising Republican primary against U.S. Reps.

Over in IN, an acrimonious three-way race in the GOP Senate primary notable for its Trump lovefest ultimately saw a self-proclaimed "outsider" millionaire businessman nab the win. "More folks that have done something in the real world".

Fueled by politically motivated attack ads, the race was one of the most volatile in the country.

Mr. Trump's influence was felt in several races, most notably in West Virginia, where former imprisoned coal baron Don Blankenship's insurgent bid fell flat after Mr. Trump warned voters against supporting him.

On Monday, Trump injected himself into the race, urging West Virginians to vote for either Jenkins or Morrisey, tweeting that Blankenship "can't win the General Election in your State ..." Greg Pence will be the heavy favorite in November to replace retiring Rep. Luke Messer (R), who Braun defeated in Tuesday's Senate primary. Sherrod Brown in the fall.

In West Virginia, incumbent Democratic Sen.

Blankenship served time in prison for safety violations connected to a 2010 disaster that killed 29 miners, and is viewed as the weakest choice to take on Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

Polls will remain open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and WHAS11 will have updated poll results for you on-air, online and on social media as the numbers come in.

The primary between Braun and his fellow contenders, sitting Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, turned nasty with accusations thrown at all candidates.

Errol Spears, a 75-year-old retired schoolteacher from Fishers, said he voted for Braun in part because of his business background and for the tone of his campaign.

Braun, who is also a former state legislator from Jasper, argued his experience is the closest to Trump because he's an outsider.

The National Republican Senate Committee congratulated Mr. Braun, saying the general election will offer a clear contrast between the two candidates.

Rokita says he has never voted to raise taxes. "It will provide the Democrats an very bad lot of free opposition research".

The Indiana Republican Senate primaries taking place on May 8 will determine who takes on Sen. He is favored to win the seat that his younger brother previously held.

Trump won all four of Tuesday's primary states during the 2016 election and he remains popular with the GOP electorate, but voters didn't reward candidates just because they aligned themselves with him.

Braun vows to "flush out" Donnelly's voting record as out of touch with Hoosiers, pointing to his votes for the Affordable Care Act and against the Trump tax cut.

Speaking of which, watch out for two primary challenges to Republican incumbents in North Carolina for a chance to see how the winds are blowing. 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. But Tiberi's endorsed candidate, Troy Balderson, struggled against conservative firebrand Melanie Leneghan in an expensive slugfest that became a surrogate fight between D.C. -based moderate and conservative PACs.

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