Former Mike Pence adviser Diego Morales (R) will enter the race for Rep. Todd Rokita’s (R) now-open seat. An Army veteran and businessman, Morales said he is entering the race because “fellow Hoosiers want someone with an understanding of national security who shares theri conservative values and is guided by faith.” He promised to stand with President Trump and Pence, and support their “vision for a stronger America.” (release)
Rokita’s Senate bid opens up a GOP-friendly seat in West-Central Indiana that Trump carried by 34 points. Other possible candidates in a Republican primary include: Workforce Development Department commissioner Steve Braun (R) and state Sen. John Crane (R). Meanwhile, state Sen. Brandt Hershman (R) ruled out a bid.
The seat was last open in 2010 when Steve Buyer (R) retired.
IN-04 GOP Chair Mike O’Brien: “I don’t get the sense we’re going to get another 13-way primary. We could have four, five or six. I think that’s probably more likely than having a really crowded field like we did in 2010.” (Lafayette Journal & Courier)
Other potential candidates: Army veteran Jared Thomas (R), lobbyist Fred Mills (R), and Hendricks County Council Member Eric Wathen (R) as potential candidates. (Indy Politics)