INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The field has possibly been set now for this spring's Republican Indiana primary deciding the challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly.
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita on Thursday filed the petition signatures needed to qualify for the May primary ballot with the Indiana Secretary of State's office. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and former state Rep. Mike Braun submitted their petitions Wednesday.
"I'm the one candidate in the race for US Senate who has always been an ally to President Trump, who has the proven conservative record to get results for Hoosiers, and the fight to defeat Joe Donnelly," said Todd Rokita. "Hoosiers want a US Senator who will stand up to liberal Washington elites, who won't raise taxes, who lives in Indiana, and a Senator who will give President Trump and Vice President Pence the friend and ally they need."
State law requires Senate candidates to submit signatures of at least 500 registered voters from each of Indiana's nine congressional districts.
Figures from the Secretary of State's office show three lesser-known Republican candidates are well short of the needed signatures ahead of the Feb. 9 filing deadline.
Donnelly also filed his petitions Thursday. He's facing no Democratic primary challengers.
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