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Tuesday, April 03, 2018 6:20 pm

Messer, Rokita nearly even on pro-Trump voting records

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita have been trying to out-do each other in showing support for President Donald Trump as they campaign for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat from Indiana.

Messer, R-6th, said last month that Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize if North Korea were to give up its nuclear weapons. On Tuesday, Rokita, R-4th, released a campaign advertisement in which he wears Trump's signature red cap instructing to "Make America Great Again."

Messer might have bragging rights, just barely, after Monday's release of a tally showing how often members of Congress have voted with Trump's agenda since Trump took office in 2017.

The data analysis website FiveThirtyEight found that Messer has voted with Trump's position on 64 out of 69 bills, or 92.8 percent, and he missed a vote. Rokita has voted with Trump on 63 of 70 bills, or 90 percent.

But four other House members from Indiana – Republican Reps. Jim Banks, Jackie Walorksi, Susan Brooks and Larry Bucshon – each voted more often with Trump than Messer and Rokita did. Brooks and Bucshon were at 98.6 percent.

Messer, Rokita and Mike Braun, another avid Trump backer, seek the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the general election. According to FiveThirtyEight, Donnelly has voted with Trump's position on 37 of 67 bills and nominations, or 55.2 percent, the fourth-highest rate among Senate Democrats.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., who doesn't stand for re-election until 2022, has voted with Trump 94.1 percent of the time.