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IN-Sen: Dem. Sen. Joe Donnelly leans on praise from President Donald Trump in new campaign ad
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-In.) leans on the support of President Donald Trump in a new ad. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

IN-Sen: Dem. Sen. Joe Donnelly leans on praise from President Donald Trump in new campaign ad

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is running for re-election, used President Donald Trump's praise for a new campaign ad, which features footage of the president lauding Donnelly for his work on the Right to Try measure.

What's the ad all about?

The ad zeroes in on Indiana residents who will benefit from the Right to Try measure.

Trump thanked Donnelly for his help moving the Right to Try measure through Congress, which Trump signed into law in May.

The Right to Try measure permits people with life-threatening illnesses or diseases to circumvent the FDA in order to try experimental treatments.

You can see the ad in the video below.

What did Donnelly's competitor have to say about the ad?

Businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun (R) will face Donnelly in the general election.

According to The Indianapolis Star, Braun's spokesperson, Josh Kelley, said, "When it comes to working with President Trump, Senator Donnelly voted against tax reform, supports ObamaCare and Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, and now he's waiting for Democrat permission to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh."

Donnelly was one of three Dems who supported Trump's 2017 Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and could be the swing vote on Trump's second SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

Despite being a Democrat, Donnelly has voted with the president more than 50 percent of the time.

What else is there to know?

recent poll has Donnelly and Braun in a “virtual tie.”

According to a July 10 report by WIBC-FM, the new poll — which was conducted by Survey Monkey/Axios — gave Braun just a 2-point lead over Donnelly, 49-47, with 4 percent undecided.

The poll also reported that Donnelly’s total approval rating was at 47 percent, while his disapproval rating was at 49 percent.

The poll surveyed more than 950 registered Indiana voters and was conducted between June 11 to July 2.

At the time of this writing, the Cook Political Report calls the race a toss-up.

You can read more about both candidates here.

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