Messer now represents the state's sixth congressional district and has served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2003-2006, and he is also a former Executive Director of the state GOP.
Businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun, Rep. Luke Messer, and Rep. Todd Rokita have spent millions of dollars targeting each other with negative advertising, each vying to be the most pro-Trump Republican candidate in the in race.
Of the Democrats, Beck took an early lead in the race.
As Feigenbaum observed, "Braun let Messer and Rokita beat each other up, and he outspent them by a huge amount with clever advertising that portrayed Messer and Rokita as one and the same, fungible commodities".
As far as policy goes, however, the three candidates were almost indistinguishable.
"Indiana delivered for us in 2016", Pence said.
Braun said he knows there's still a lot of work to be done before November, but he has a plan to win by focusing on his past - and his accomplishments in the business sector.
"How lengthy do I've to be in politics to get a go well with like that", Braun jokes within the advert.
Braun, a businessman and former state representative, touted his business experience and claimed his two opponents were cardboard cutouts of each other.
But after talking about 2016, Trump moved on to his re-election by debuting his new slogan for 2020: "Keep America Great!"
IN is home to perhaps the bitterest Republican primary in the country, with all three candidates scrambling to show voters their Trump bona fides and face incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in the November election.
Braun brushed off attacks about voting in Democratic primaries until 2012, saying he did so to "weigh in" on local races in a blue area and did not vote for Democrats in state or national elections.
"2018 is really the first opportunity for most of the states to have a referendum on Trump", Mike Murphy said, a former GOP state lawmaker.
But, it has also been a big week for the president, with three Americans released from North Korea arriving back in the US early Thursday morning and the announcement today that Trump will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore.
"I think he needs to stay on top of the border of this country", she said.
All of the GOP candidates were the subject of unflattering news stories.
Former Democratic congressional staffer Liz Watson, an attorney from Bloomington, defeated civil rights lawyer Dan Canon and another candidate in the Democratic primary for the 9th District nomination.
Trump teased something new on health care soon and touted the repeal of the law's individual mandate previous year.
In southeastern Indiana's 6th District, meanwhile, Greg Pence - the brother of Vice President Mike Pence - won the primary for Messer's seat and now is the heavy favorite to win in the overwhelmingly Republican district. "(Braun and Republicans) have money coming from every direction, but that wouldn't be anything new". He lost his left arm during combat in the Vietnam War.
Taking the reins as party leader, President Donald Trump is returning to his campaign roots with big-stage events targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats and mobilizing his most fervent supporters on behalf of Republicans.
The Trump approach is probably a template for what Senate Republicans and their campaign operations would like to see from the often unpredictable president. Zakas was elected to the Senate seat in 1982.
Chief among his targets: Indiana's Democratic Sen.
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