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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:40 pm

State GOP plans straw poll in Senate race

The Indiana Republican Party announced Wednesday that it will have a straw poll next month for GOP activists to show which candidates they favor for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

The party has invited the five announced candidates to speak at the Jan. 13 luncheon for the state Republicans' Congress of Counties in downtown Indianapolis. After their remarks, hundreds of people attending the two-day training event can cast unofficial votes for whom they would like as the GOP nominee to face Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the 2018 general election.

Announced candidates for the Republican Senate nomination in the May 8 primary election are former state lawmaker Mike Braun of Jasper, Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer of Greensburg, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita of Brownsburg and New Albany college administrator Andrew Takami.

"Our U.S. Senate straw poll will provide political watchers with the first grassroots barometer to measure early support in this high-profile, statewide race that has national implications," Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer said in a news release.