Indiana GOP hopes nasty primary won’t haunt Senate candidate

Mike Braun
The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republicans who picked wealthy former state lawmaker Mike Braun as their Senate candidate now are hoping he’s not too battered from a grueling primary to mount an effective challenge against a vulnerable Democratic incumbent.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have scheduled a campaign rally on Thursday — just two days after the primary. It’s a signal the GOP is trying to unify behind their nominee ahead of a pivotal fall campaign against Sen. Joe Donnelly.

If Braun’s concerned, he wasn’t showing it Tuesday while basking in the glow of supporters after his double-digit victory over two congressmen — Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.

Braun, the owner of a national auto parts distributor, says his victory is a sign voters are disenchanted with “business as usual.”