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Joe “popular among Indiana Republicans” heading into election year

INDIANAPOLIS - Thanks to his tireless efforts to craft bipartisan proposals that put Indiana first, Joe has sky-high ratings with Indiana Republicans, according a Morning Consult report yesterday.

INDIANAPOLIS - Thanks to his tireless efforts to craft bipartisan proposals that put Indiana first, Joe has sky-high ratings with Indiana Republicans, according a Morning Consult report yesterday. According to their most recent Indiana survey, a whopping 55% of Hoosier Republicans support Joe, making him one of the three most-popular Democrats whose seat is up next year. With Joe’s connection to Indiana only growing, he’s increasingly poised to capitalize on the brutal Republican primary on the other side.

From Morning Consult: Donnelly, Popular Among Indiana Republicans, Awaits GOP Challenger

As the Indiana primary heats up to decide which Republican will challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly next year, it appears that whoever emerges will have his work cut out for him.

A Morning Consult survey of almost 1,200 registered GOP voters in Indiana showed Donnelly is one of the most popular Senate Democrats in the country among voters of the opposing party, with 55 percent of Republicans in the state approving of him.

That makes Donnelly the third most popular Democratic senator among GOP voters, behind Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who boasts support from 63 percent of Roughrider Republicans, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), with 62 percent, according to the poll conducted April 1 through June 18.

“Hoosiers — no matter what side of the aisle they’re on — they really know Joe,” Will Baskin-Gerwitz, an Indiana Democratic Party spokesman who is handling communications ahead of Donnelly’s re-election, said in an interview Friday. “He’s been to all 92 counties each of the past three years and when he comes back he’s constantly listening to everyone. He’s not the kind of person who believes in Democratic and Republican ideas.”

In the meantime, Donnelly will continue to look “for opportunities where he can work with the president when it’s best for Hoosiers” on manufacturing and trade policy, Baskin-Gerwitz said, a sign of Donnelly looking for more ways to court blue collar workers.

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