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.Don John TrumpSouth Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump Jr. knocks CNN's Chris Cuomo over interview with father: 'I'm not pretending to be a journalist' 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 DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents 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 Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' 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.