UPDATE: Donnelly Expected to Announce U.S. Senate Bid

The race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by veteran Republican incumbent Richard Lugar is getting more interesting with the rumored entrance of U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who will reportedly announce his candidacy Monday.

From the Associated Press:

Two Democrats with firsthand knowledge of Donnelly’s plans told The Associated Press that the congressman is entering the race because he believes that Lugar will lose a Republican primary offering him a path to the Senate. Lugar is facing a strong challenge from his right, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.


By entering the race, Donnelly – who also weighed a run for governor – gives national Democrats a recruiting victory. No other Democrats have entered the race. Donnelly’s supporters believe he can clear the Democratic primary field.

Facing his first primary challenge since 1976, Lugar has been hammered by Indiana Tea Party groups for his so-called moderate GOP record and being a mentor to President Barack Obama while he was in the Senate.

UPDATE: It’s official.

In an announcement video, Donnelly focuses on jobs and the economy, saying that he will advocate for hardworking Hoosiers in Washington.