MARTINSBURG, W.V. – Republican Mike Braun has defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the Indiana Senate race, according to CNN projections.
Braun, 64, is a business executive and former state lawmaker. He is a stanch conservative and enjoyed strong support from President Donald Trump. The president appeared at four rallies in Indiana on behalf of Braun.
Donnelly, 63, has served in the Senate since 2013. He is considered a conservative Democrat.
Since the summer polls showed both candidates overtaking each other in the lead.
Donnelly was considered one of the most endangered Democratic incumbents this year. Throughout his Senate career Donnelly sought to curry favor with his own party while not alienating voters in the reliably Republican state he represents.
Donnelly voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court but voted against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the high court. He voted against Obamacare repeal and the GOP tax reform bill. Donnelly supports the administration on trade and agriculture policy.
Indiana is home to Vice President Mike Pence. The Trump-Pence ticket carried the state by nearly 20 points in 2016.
Donnelly’s defeat means Democrats are unlikely to retake the Senate.