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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:10 pm

GOP Senate candidates to debate Feb. 20

Six Republican candidates for a U.S. Senate seat representing Indiana are scheduled to debate Feb. 20 in downtown Indianapolis.

The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity-Indiana is organizing the event and said Tuesday that all six GOP candidates had accepted invitations to take part.

Announced candidates are U.S. Reps. Luke Messer of Greensburg and Todd Rokita of Brownsburg, Jasper businessman Mike Braun, Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt, New Albany college administrator Andrew Takami and Owen County resident and frequent Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning.

AFP-IN said only those candidates still running at the time of the debate will participate. To qualify for the Senate primary election ballot, a candidate must gather and present to state election officials by Feb. 9 the signatures of at least 500 certified registered voters in each of Indiana's nine congressional district.

The winner of the May primary election will challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the November general election. 

AFP-IN said the debate will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Emmis Communications on Monument Circle and moderated by WIBC radio host Tony Katz. Topics will include health care, taxes, spending, jobs and the economy.

Republican Senate candidates also are scheduled to debate April 23 in Fort Wayne at the Allen County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.