Trump Endorses Rep. Jim Banks In Indiana Senate Race
On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Jim Banks for the race to succeed Republican Indiana Senator Mike Braun. Braun is currently running for Governor of Indiana.
“Jim Banks, Great State of Indiana, is running for the United States Senate. I am familiar with Jim and have witnessed him at the most difficult and highest levels. And he won! Jim is strong on the Border, Crime and Vets. He will fight for low taxes, regulations, Sanity and Governmental Sanity, as well as our under siege 2nd amendment. Jim Banks is respected and will not let you down. Trump stated this in a TRUTH social post.
Banks, a fourth term congressman from Northeast Indiana is the only candidate declared in the race. Former governor. Former Gov.
Trump supported nearly 300 candidates in the 2022 midterms. However, many of them ran in uncontested or deep red races. Only two of Trump’s statewide candidates were elected in swing states Arizona and Georgia, Michigan, Nevada. Pennsylvania. Wisconsin. Joe Lombardo, and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson won their races.
Since 2012, when former Treasurer Richard Mourdock was defeated by Joe Donnelly, no Democrat has won a statewide election in Indiana. Braun defeated Donnelly by 5.9 percentage points. Trump won the state by 19 and 16 points respectively in 2016.
Banks tweeted Wednesday morning, “Proud that I am endorsed by the most powerful president of my lifetime,”
Republican Senators have also endorsed Banks. Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton as well as JD Vance and Indiana Rep. Larry Bucshon have all endorsed Banks. In a Tuesday statement, Steve Daines, Montana’s chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee called Banks “one our top recruits this year”