Biden to headline rally for Donnelly in Indiana

Biden to headline rally for Donnelly in Indiana
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Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE’s (D-Ind.) campaign announced in a press release Thursday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment 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 TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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.