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  • Left: Donnelly Center: Braun Right: Benton

Monday, July 09, 2018 1:40 pm

Indiana's U.S. Senate candidates to debate twice

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The Indiana Debate Commission announced Monday it is organizing two debates this fall for U.S. Senate candidates.

The non-partisan commission said in a news release that it is working with the campaigns of Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, Republican challenger Mike Braun and Libertarian nominee Lucy Brenton to finalize dates and venues.

The debates will be broadcast and streamed live by Indiana media and aired nationwide by public affairs network C-SPAN.

“This particular race has generated significant interest within Indiana and beyond our borders,” commission President Gerry Lanosga said in a statement.

“The results from the Indiana U.S. Senate race could determine which party controls the Senate in 2019,” C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully said in a statement. 

Leading political analysts consider the Indiana general election a toss-up between first-term incumbent Donnelly and former state lawmaker Braun, who defeated two sitting U.S. House members to win the GOP primary election in May.

Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Thirty-three seats are up for election this year, with 10 Democrats, including Donnelly, facing re-election in states carried by Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential contest.

The Indiana Debate Commission said it will consider debate questions submitted by Hoosier voters at www.indianadebatecommission.com.

The commission also said it is open to putting together a third debate this fall if an agreement can be reached among Donnelly, Braun and Brenton.