The Washington Post has moved Senator Donnelly ahead of Claire McCaskill in their Senate rankings, making him their most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election in 2018. From WaPo:
“2. Indiana (D), previous ranking 3: Republican-trending Indiana was always going to be a tough proposition for Democrats. The question is whether Sen. Joe Donnelly's (D) reelection chances got slightly easier or more difficult now that Republicans nominated a businessman, Mike Braun, over two members of Congress in one of the nation's most heated primaries. Donnelly doesn't appear to have quite the same in-state brand with voters that the other Democrats on this list do, so he's our most vulnerable Democratic senator right now.”
It’s not hard to see what caused the higher ranking; with a better fundraising haul than Donnelly, favorable polling, and the fact that Donnelly is also America’s least effective Democrat, all signals point to Hoosiers preparing to elect Mike Braun as their next U.S. Senator from Indiana.
“The recent change in the Washington Post’s Senate rankings for 2018 shows how excited Hoosiers are to elect Mike Braun in November. Senator Donnelly’s tenure as America’s least effective Democrat is coming to an end.” –RNC Spokesperson Michael Joyce
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