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Monday, June 18, 2018 3:00 pm

GOP group backs Democrat Donnelly

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The re-election campaign of Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly announced Monday in Indianapolis the relaunch of "Republicans for Joe."

The campaign said the group will "celebrate Joe's work fighting for all Hoosiers regardless of political party."

Indiana's senior senator is being challenged in the Nov. 6 general election by Republican businessman Mike Braun, a former state lawmaker.

Founding members of "Republicans for Joe" who participated in a news conference Monday included Roger Peterman, retired transition assistance adviser for the Indiana National Guard; Indianapolis attorney Tom Schneider; Madison County farmer Mike Shuter; and Indianapolis small-business owner Anne Wishard, a leader of "Republicans for Donnelly" in 2012 when Donnelly, then a member of the U.S. House, was elected to the Senate.

Donnelly is regarded as among the more moderate Democrats in the Senate. Through Friday, he had voted in line with President Donald Trump's positions on legislation 55.6 percent of the time, the fourth highest rate among the 47 Democrats and two independents in the Senate, according to a running tally compiled by data analysis website FiveThirtyEight.