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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:20 am

Business groups divided on Donnelly, Braun

Journal Gazette

Two business advocacy groups are split on Indiana's U.S. Senate race.

The campaign for Republican challenger Mike Braun announced Tuesday that he has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

A day earlier, the campaign for Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly announced that he has been endorsed by the National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee.

The U.S. Chamber's endorsement of Braun comes after the Indiana Chamber of Commerce decided in August to refrain from supporting either Braun, who runs an auto parts distribution company, or Donnelly. The Indiana Chamber typically endorses Republican candidates for the Senate.

Meantime, Allen County Councilman Justin Busch has announced that a dozen current or former Republican elected officials have endorsed his candidacy in an upcoming Republican caucus vote to replace retiring state Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne, in District 16.

Busch said his backers include U.S. Sen. Todd Young; U.S. Rep. Jim Banks; state Reps. Martin Carbaugh and Bob Morris; Allen County Sheriff Dave Gladieux; County Auditor Nick Jordan; former sheriff Ken Fries; Allen County Council members Joel Benz, Larry Brown and Tom Harris; and former County Council members Paula Hughes and Paul Moss.