Businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun is projected to win Indiana's Republican Senate primary and will get a crack at Sen. Joe Donnelly, one of the chamber's most vulnerable Democrats, according to NBC News.
He is projected to emerge from a bitter three-way GOP primary that featured personal attacks and efforts by candidates to prove they most emulate President Donald Trump. Indiana voters chose a candidate who billed himself as an outsider over Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, lawmakers who tried to prove they supported Trump in Congress.
The GOP sees Indiana as one of its best opportunities to win a Democratic seat in November. Trump won the state by about 20 percentage points in 2016, giving the party confidence that it could challenge Donnelly regardless of the primary winner.
Braun, 64, cast both of his primary opponents as creatures of a corrupt Washington political establishment. He flooded the airwaves with his own money, loaning more than $5 million to his campaign and outspending both of his opponents.
Braun notably released an ad in which he carried around life-sized cutouts of Rokita and Messer, and asked people in the street to identify the congressmen. They struggled to do so.
In an ad late last month, Braun said, "I'm running because Trump paved the way."