NewsPublic Affairs / November 8, 2018

Braun's Alliance With Trump Key For Many Hoosier Voters

Mike Braun mentioned President Donald Trump during his election night victory speech . - WFIU/WTIU News

Mike Braun mentioned President Donald Trump during his election night victory speech .


Republican Mike Braun’s senate win over incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly says just as much about President Donald Trump as it does about him.

The alliance the two formed during Braun’s campaign resonated with many voters. 

It was hard to tell whether the Indiana GOP’s election night watch party was a celebration of victories in the state this week, or Trump’s performance as president.

Many voters at the party say they supported Braun because they know he’ll support Trump.

Zionsville resident Tom Kmetz says he likes that Braun isn’t a Washington insider. He sees a lot of similarities between Braun and Trump. 

"I like Mike Braun because he’s a businessman and I think he’s the best return on investment we have," Kmetz says.

Indianapolis resident Bob Laux says he thinks Trump’s critics are being too hard on him, and he knew a vote for Braun was a vote for Trump.

"There are so many issues going on right now that Trump is so on top of," he says. "So many different things that I just love the guy, and love the way the economy’s going."

Laux says he disagrees with Senator Donnelly’s stance on immigration and doesn’t approve of his decision to vote against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

During his concession speech Tuesday night, Donnelly said he did what he thought was best for Hoosiers during his time in the Senate.

"We had the chance to serve everybody across our state," Donnelly said. "And to be able to try to make a difference in their lives with health care and with so many good things."

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