Pence congratulates brother on Indiana House GOP primary win

Pence congratulates brother on Indiana House GOP primary win
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Vice President Pence congratulated Greg Pence on Tuesday after his elder brother was projected to win the Republican primary for the seat now held by Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE (R-Ind.).

"Congratulations to my brother @GregPenceIN on his big primary win tonight in #IN06!" the vice president tweeted after polls closed in the Hoosier State.

"He’s making Hoosiers & the Pence family proud. Good luck in November!"

Greg Pence, a wealthy businessman, defeated his top Republican rivals Jonathan Lamb and Stephen MacKenzie on Tuesday for the seat his younger brother held from 2001 to 2012.

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Messer, who decided to run for Senate this election cycle instead of seek reelection, was coming in second place to political newcomer Mike Braun in the GOP's Senate primary. With 45 percent of precincts reporting, Braun had roughly 41 percent of the vote to 29 percent each for Messer and Rep. Todd RokitaTheodore (Todd) Edward RokitaJudge strikes down several Indiana abortion provisions Federal judge will not block Indiana University's vaccine mandate IU parents protest school's vaccine mandates MORE (R-Ind.).

Greg Pence is strongly favored to win his House seat in the November midterm elections due to the demographics of Indiana’s 6th District, which encompasses rural areas in the southeastern part of the state, including suburbs of Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE won the district by more than 40 points in 2016, while Messer performed similarly over his Democratic opponent that year.

This story was updated at 10:28 p.m.