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IN-Sen: Debates set for Indiana Senate race — tickets sell out almost immediately

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Tickets for the Indiana Senate debate — between incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (left), former state Rep. Mike Braun (right) and Libertarian Lucy Brenton — on Oct. 30 have sold out almost immediately. (Image source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Indiana Debate Commission announced dates for two debates in the campaign for U.S. Senate, according to the Indiana Business Journal, and tickets for one event sold out almost immediately.

What are the details?

Incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) will square off against former state Rep. Mike Braun (R) in the debates. Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton will also participate in the debates.

The first debate is set for Oct. 8, but, according to the news outlet, no specific time or location has been set at the time of this writing.

The second debate is set for Oct. 30 at the Toby Theater at Newfields in Indianapolis. The outlet reported that the commission offered up to 450 public tickets for the second debate, with a limit of two tickets per person.

Tickets for the Indianapolis event, however, were sold out almost immediately. The event was posted on Tuesday, and by 12:30 p.m., the tickets were all claimed.

According to the outlet, both debates will be aired on C-SPAN and livestreamed on the Indiana Debate Commission's website.

You can read more about the Indianapolis event here.

What else?

In January, CNN noted that the Indiana Senate seat was one of 10 “most likely to flip in 2018.”

The primary election was held May 8. Donnelly ran uncontested, and Braun won the Republican nomination with 41.2 percent of the vote.

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

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

The general election is on Nov. 6. The Cook Political Report calls the race a toss-up. You can read more about both candidates here.

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