Biden to headline rally for Donnelly in Indiana

Biden to headline rally for Donnelly in Indiana
© Greg Nash

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 BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence 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 TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE won in 2016. Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points. 

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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.

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.