GOP Rivals Claim Front-Runner Lacks Conservative Bonafides

Former Indiana state lawmaker Mike Braun is considered the favorite in the state’s GOP Senate primary on Tuesday – but his primary rivals are both screaming from the rooftops that he’s Republican-in-name-only.

“If the listeners get one thing out of this debate, I think it’s important that they understand Braun is a lifelong Democrat,” Rep. Luke Messer said in a recent campaign forum.

“We’re not going to beat Joe Donnelly with a RINO,” Rep. Todd Rokita said in a television ad, referencing the state’s incumbent Democratic senator. “Mike Braun – he is a lifelong Democrat. He voted for Obama or Hillary.”

These attacks are based on voting records indicating Braun voted in Democratic primaries until 2012.