A popular Republican senator is stepping down to run for governor, which will open up a seat that Democrats will look to pick up. Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana has filed paperwork to run for governor which will open up a senate seat that Republicans have held since 2018. The Washington Examiner forecasts a “packed field of GOP candidates for Braun’s Senate seat during the next election cycle.”

Candidates are already lining up for the open seat and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has announced his interest. A spokesman for Banks said, “[Banks] is strongly positioned to win a statewide primary and general election in Indiana. He will spend the holidays discussing with his wife, family, and friends around the state how he can best serve Indiana.”

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