Mike Braun Wins Indiana's Republican Senate Primary

Mike Braun a candidate for the GOP nomination to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate at the last GOP debate before the May 8 primary

Lamb has loaned himself $800,000.

And in Ohio, Rep. Jim Renacci cruised to a victory that sets up a run against incumbent Democratic Sen.

Don Blankenship conceded the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia on Tuesday night, leaving state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey as the nominee.

Wealthy former state legislator Mike Braun won the nomination with just over 40 percent as the two congressmen split the remainder of the vote right down the middle.

Insurance adjuster Chris Thurston, 39, of Indianapolis said he voted for Messer because he thought the congressman had a better chance of defeating Donnelly in November.

Republican voter Dennis Shea said outside a downtown Indianapolis voting site that he supported Messer, but wished the campaign hadn't been so nasty.

At the same time, the three fell over one another to assert they'd be President Donald Trump's biggest ally in the Senate. The seat was held by Mike Pence until he became governor in 2013. Braun identified himself as a career businessman - rather than career politician, which is what he called his opponents, IN congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

"If we get enough of us there, I think we'll actually start to solve some of these issues that have been vexing politicians", Braun said.

Mr. Messer will face Democratic.

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Voters in OH also moved a step close to replacing Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is term-limited, and flirting with a primary challenge against Mr. Trump in 2020. Messer had raised $2.9 million, and Rokita had raised close to $2.8 million, according to their campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Joe Donnelly (D) has held one of Indiana's senator spots since 2013, and Todd Young (R) has held the other since a year ago.

IN and West Virginia are two of the Republican Party's best pickup opportunities in the battle for the Senate in November, as the GOP tries to expand on its slim 51-to-49 majority.

Braun was criticized for having voted in Democratic primaries for decades, Messer for buying a house near Washington, D.C., and Rokita for overstating his ties to Trump.

"It's clear [Indiana voters] want a champion for working families in the Senate - one who'll work hard and reach across the aisle to protect their access to affordable health care, defend Medicare and Social Security, and keep good-paying jobs here in Indiana", Donnelly campaign manager Peter Hanscom said in a statement.

More recently, Messer's two decades-old drunk driving convictions have come to the forefront of the race, convictions he didn't disclose when he replaced a state representative who was killed by a drunk driver.

On Monday, President Trump appealed into their country's chief voters to oppose Blankenship, arguing he "can't triumph" in the general election.

The key House battle in OH was in the 12th District, where the regular primary coincided with a special election primary to choose a successor to Representative Pat Tiberi, who resigned past year.

Renacci will advance to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown in November.

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