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Mike Braun wins hotly-contested Indiana Republican Senate primary

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Braun right, will face Sen. Joe Donnelly in November's general election. Braun right, will face Sen. Joe Donnelly in November's general election.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An independently wealthy businessman who largely self-financed his own campaign has defeated two sitting congressmen to become Indiana's Republican nominee for Senate.

Republican primary voters picked Mike Braun to challenge Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats.

Braun ran as an outsider, blasting Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer as "career politicians" who failed to follow through on campaign promises.

The multimillionaire owns Meyer Distributing, a national auto parts distribution business.

Braun has campaigned on his business background and has pledged to bring back jobs that have been outsourced overseas.

But an AP review of his business record found he regularly imports goods from foreign countries and has been sued by employees in three states over unpaid wages and poor working conditions.

After securing the win Tuesday night, he wasted not time going after Donnelly.

"His record lines up with Pelosi and Schumer, across the board," Braun said. "And he's managed to disguise himself from what I think real Hoosier values are about. Hoosiers do not look to government first to solve problems."

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