Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE’s (D-Ind.) campaign announced in a press release Thursday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE will headline an early voting rally with Donnelly on Oct. 12.
Donnelly is running in a tight reelection race against businessman and former state lawmaker Mike Braun. He is one of ten Democratic senators running in states President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won in 2016. Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points.
The president, who has a net-positive approval rating in Indiana of 52-46 according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday, endorsed Braun and rallied with him in August.
Will be going to Evansville, Indiana, tonight for a big crowd rally with Mike Braun, a very successful businessman who is campaigning to be Indiana’s next U.S. Senator. He is strong on Crime & Borders, the 2nd Amendment, and loves our Military & Vets. Will be a big night!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
The race is among the tightest of the ten seats Democrats are defending. The Fox News poll showed Donnelly with a two-point edge among registered voters, which is within the poll’s margin of error. The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.”
It is widely speculated that Biden has presidential aspirations of his own. He is frequently mentioned as a prospective 2020 candidate and has campaigned with various other Democratic candidates in their midterm campaigns.
Republicans have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate but are only defending about three competitive seats this cycle. Democrats hope to defend as many of their seats as possible if they hope to flip control of the upper chamber after November.
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