Indiana Senate

5 Things to Watch on Primary Day This Tuesday
Nasty GOP Senate primaries remain ugly until the end

Former Indiana state Rep. Mike Braun, right, and Rep. Todd Rokita, speaking, are running for the GOP nomination for Senate, along with Rep. Luke Messer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tuesday marks the first big primary day of 2018. Voters go to the polls in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina.

Most of the exciting action is on the Republican side. In all of those states (except for North Carolina), Democratic senators are trying to hold on to seats in territory President Donald Trump won in 2016, which means the GOP primaries are high-stakes contests. (More on that below.)

Rokita Responds to Driving Memo

A Loyalty Contest for Trump in Indiana: GOP Senate Primary in Full Swing

Businessman Makes Indiana Senate Primary Three-Person Race
Mike Braun making first statewide TV ad buys in the race

Screenshot of Mike Braun for U.S. Senate ad.

In what’s been largely characterized as a contest between two Republican members of Congress, a businessman with the ability to self-fund has made the first statewide TV and radio buys in the Indiana Senate primary.

Former state Rep. Mike Braun’s $329,000 three-week radio and TV buy signals he’s making this a three-person race. He announced his campaign in August. 

Trump Loyalty Contest Takes Hold in Indiana Senate Primary
Rokita team thinks Alabama results bode well for his “defeat the elite” campaign

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is running for Senate with the slogan “defeat the elite.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6 p.m. It’s not just primary challengers to sitting GOP senators who are feeling emboldened by the defeat of Alabama Sen. Luther Strange this week.

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita took heart that the anti-establishment energy that propelled President Donald Trump to victory last fall is still in force,  with his campaign predicting that same movement will help him defeat fellow Hoosier Rep. Luke Messer in next year’s Senate primary.

Report: Bayh Often Listed Residence in D.C., Not Indiana
GOP opponent Young has portrayed Bayh as out of touch with home state

Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, left, announced in July that he would run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh frequently listed his primary residence in the nation's capital and not at his home state, according to a CNN report.

A review of public documents regarding Bayh's residence after he left the Senate in 2011 and worked for a Washington law firm that has engaged in lobbying showed that Bayh often listed his two homes in D.C. as his primary residence, though he also owns a condominium in Indiana.

Koch Brothers Commit $1 Million to Stopping Evan Bayh
New ad buy targets Senate veteran seeking a comeback

A new ad denounces former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh for his support of the 2008 financial bailout. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC propped up by conservative activists Charles and David Koch, Tuesday plunked down $1 million for a new 30-second ad denouncing former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in front of Indiana voters.  

The commercial, tagged “Bailout Bayh,” assails the two-term lawmaker — who recently launched a comeback bid  for his old seat — for supporting the 2008 bailout of financial institutions and later serving on the board of some of those same beneficiaries.