Republican has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent in Indiana Senate race,...

Republican has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent in Indiana Senate race, poll says

Republican Mike Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the Indiana Senate race (

WASHINGTON – Republican Mike Braun has a narrow lead over Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the Indiana Senate race, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The Mason Strategies/Indy Politics poll found that 47 percent of the respondents said they support Braun, compared with 43 percent who said they support Donnelly. Three percent said they support Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Seven percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.

The sampling included 600 Indiana likely voters and was carried out Oct. 15-21. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

For the past month polls have shown a tight race with both candidates overtaking each other in the lead.

Braun, 64, is a business executive and former state lawmaker. He is a stanch conservative  and enjoys strong support from President Donald Trump.

Donnelly, 63, has served in the Senate since 2013. He is considered a conservative Democrat.

Donnelly opposes abortion. He is one of three red state Democrats who last year voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, more recently, Donnelly voted against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Indiana is reliably Republican.

The state is home to Vice President Mike Pence. The Trump-Pence ticket won Indiana by nearly 20 points in 2016.

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