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IN-Sen: Pro-life demonstrators urge Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly to confirm Trump's SCOTUS nominee

Pro-life demonstrators are urging Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) to confirm President Donald Trump's SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Pro-life demonstrators are urging Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, according to WLFI-TV. Donnelly is up for re-election and will face off against businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun (R) in November's general election.

What are the details?

Pro-life demonstrators organized a news conference in front of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse in Lafayette, Indiana.

According to WLFI, the Pro-Life Court Coalition made rounds all across the state to send its message to Donnelly, urging him to confirm Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

One woman, Sue Swayze Liebel, said that the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List is urging Donnelly to stand with conservative Indiana voters.

“One of the things the Susan B. Anthony List is doing is educating voters as to how he is voting in Washington on the life issue and this is a perfect example,” she said, according to the news outlet. “So we need him to stand with us and not stand with the radical abortion lobby.”

WLFI reached out to Donnelly's office for comment on the movement.

Donnelly's office responded, “Senator Joe Donnelly has consistently said he would carefully review Judge Kavanaugh's record, meet with him, and follow his Senate confirmation hearing. The senator is continuing to thoroughly examine Judge Kavanaugh's record and looks forward to sitting down with him next week.”

Donnelly was one of three Democrats who voted for Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. Despite being a Democrat, Donnelly has voted with the president more than 50 percent of the time

The incumbent senator is set to meet with Kavanaugh on Aug. 15.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Braun fired back at Donnelly’s upcoming meeting with Kavanaugh in a statement.

“While I strongly support [Kavanaugh’s] nomination,” Braun said, “I have no doubt Donnelly will wait until the liberal wing of his party gives him permission to support Judge Kavanaugh.”

What else?

Indiana's Senate election in November is one of 10 “most likely to flip in 2018,” CNN noted in January.

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

Donnelly and Braun will face off in their first debate on Oct. 8. The second debate is set for Oct. 30.

You can read more about both candidates here.

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