Political Notebook

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Senate campaigns look ahead

Neither of Indiana’s U.S. senators is up for re-election this year, but that doesn’t mean their campaigns are shut down.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., reported campaign contributions exceeding $83,000 for the first quarter of this year, bringing total donations since his 2010 election to $979,000. Coats, who stands for re-election in 2016, has nearly $562,000 in the bank, according to his latest report to the Federal Election Commission.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., raised more than $92,000 in the first quarter and close to $761,000 since his 2012 election. Donnelly, up for re-election in 2018, has $242,000 in the bank.

Their first-quarter numbers were a far cry from some posted by House members who are up for election this year, beginning with Tuesday’s primaries. Four incumbents – Reps. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd; Todd Rokita, R-4th; Susan Brooks, R-5th; and Todd Young, R-9th – had each topped $200,000 in contributions for January, February and March.

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