Indiana Senate Race

Todd Rokita Making Senate Bid in Indiana
Rokita and Messer face member-on-member primary

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita set to announce his Senate campaign on Wednesday, the Hoosier State is now officially host to yet another member-on-member GOP primary.

Rep. Luke Messer and Rokita have been sparring out in the open for weeks, vying for the GOP nod to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2018. Even their Senate announcements seemed designed to try to out-do each other’s. 

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer Running for Senate
GOP primary candidates have already been sparring

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announced he’s running for Senate on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:30 p.m. | Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announced on Wednesday he’s running for Senate.

In declaring his bid to challenge vulnerable Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, the third-term Republican congressman tweeted, “We’re in!!” with a link to his new campaign site just before noon.

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters. 

GOP Attorneys General May Shake Up Senate Primaries
Three could run for Senate in toss-up races

Some Missouri Republicans are urging newly elected state Attorney General Josh Hawley, right, to run for Senate. He's seen here last November with the state’s junior senator, Roy Blunt. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Republicans have no shortage of House members interested in promotions to the Senate next year. But in three of four states with toss-up races, GOP attorneys general are also readying for potential Senate bids.

The top lawyers of Indiana, West Virginia and Missouri are contemplating primary bids against GOP House members who are either already running for the Senate or who are widely assumed to be running. 

Republican Senate Ads Turn Toward Countering President Clinton
Outside groups stress the need not to have ‘another Hillary’ in the Senate

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has clashed with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, recently cut an ad supportive of new Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As it appears increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the next president, many conservative outside groups are stressing the importance of maintaining Republican control of the Senate as a check on her presidency.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is putting $25 million into six key Senate races in an effort to counter the Democrats focusing their firepower on down-ballot races, CNN reported

Nearly $30 Million Spent in Indiana Senate Race
Young and allies spent $3 million more than Bayh and allies

Rep. Todd Young and outside groups supporting him outspent Bayh by $3 million. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nearly $30 million has been spent so far by Indiana Senate candidates Rep. Todd Young and former Sen. Evan Bayh and outside groups supporting the two.

The campaign fund for Bayh, a Democrat and former senator running for his old seat, outspent Young by $4 million. However, when outside groups are accounted for, Young's side has spent about $3 million more, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.

Linda McMahon Still a Republican Fundraising Heavyweight
Two failed Senate runs haven't slowed down ex-WWE executive

Connecticut's Linda McMahon came up short in her races for the Senate in 2010 and 2012. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former WWE executive Linda McMahon may have been pinned for the three-count twice in failed runs for the Senate from Connecticut but she hasn't tapped out when it comes to fundraising for Republicans.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranks McMahon and her husband, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, 78th on its list of so-called "mega-donors," the AP reported. Linda McMahon said that she has made most of the couple's contributions and that her husband wants "no part of it."

Senate Majority PAC Comes to Bayh's Aid in Indiana Senate Race
Hits Bayh's opponent Todd Young on his record on Social Security

Senate Majority PAC's ad reminds voters of Sen. Evan Bayh's opponent Rep. Todd Young calling Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority PAC is coming to the aid of former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's race as he faces Rep. Todd Young for the state's open Senate seat.

The super PAC dropped $700,000 for the ad which criticizes Young for his views on Social Security, highlighting the fact Young called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme" back in 2010 and supports raising the retirement age.

George W. Bush Lends Fundraising Hand in Indiana Senate Race
Former president to attend 2 events for Republican Todd Young

Former President George W. Bush, center, has been generous in giving to down-ballot candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President George W. Bush will raise money for Indiana Rep. Todd Young's Senate campaign on Monday.

Young's campaign said it would not disclose the location of the event in Elkhart, which was announced last month, nor would there be media availability. Bush will also raise money with Young in Indianapolis.