Trump Jr. to stump in Indiana for Pence’s brother and governor hopeful

Trump Jr. to stump in Indiana for Pence’s brother and governor hopeful
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Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE plans to visit Indiana next week for a rally in support of GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun and congressional candidate Greg Pence, the older brother of the vice president, the Indiana Republican Party announced Monday.

The president's eldest son will be joined by his girlfriend and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle in Indianapolis on Oct. 22 as part of their series of campaign stops in the weeks before next month's midterm elections.

Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle will be stumping for Braun, a businessman and former state representative who is attempting to unseat Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyConservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (D).

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Donnelly is among the most vulnerable incumbent senators up for reelection next month, and the national GOP has lined up behind Braun. President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE held a rally in Indiana in August, and Vice President Pence has visited his home state multiple times in recent weeks to boost GOP candidates.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Donnelly with a 4-point lead, and the Cook Political Report rates the election as a "toss-up."

Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle will also aim to bolster Greg Pence, who faces Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake in Indiana's 6th Congressional District. The two are vying to replace 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), who lost to Braun in the primary to secure the GOP nomination for governor.

Next week's stop is part of the Indiana GOP's Right Track Results Tour, a state-wide effort to boost Republican candidates ahead of the midterms. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Auditor Tera Klutz are among the state officials who are participating in the campaign.

Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle also will be in Michigan on Wednesday, along with Kid Rock, to support Senate candidate John James (R).

The GOP is hoping to stave off a Democratic surge next month and keep control of the House and Senate. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House to reclaim the majority and must gain two seats in the Senate, though they face a far tougher map there.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Democrats with a lead of 7.3 percentage points on the generic congressional ballot.