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The event is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. central time.

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Just two days after the primary election, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be making a stop in Indiana on Thursday.

The country's two top Republicans will appear together at a middle school in Elkhart.

The stop is being billed as a campaign rally and starts at 6 p.m. central time.

The president and the vice president will be looking to unite Hoosier Republicans after what has been called 'a very nasty' Republican Senate race.

In Tuesday's primary election, Mike Braun came out on top over Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita for the Republican nomination to face Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly in November.

Usually, campaigns will wait until Labor Day to really ramp things up, but when it comes to Sen. Donnelly's seat – both sides know there is no room for error.

The Republicans need every seat they can get and they know Democrats will not want to lose this one.

That sets the race up to be one of the most watched in the country come November.

The president will put this race in the spotlight starting on Thursday night. University of Evansville political science professor Dr. Robert Dion said, even with a visit from the president, it might not be enough to convince voters.

“Ronald Reagan came here to campaign for Rick McEntire, trying to get the 8th District seat to go to the Republicans and he fell short... It's very hard for presidents to do much more than raise a little money, raise some attention – but as far as changing voter attitudes at the ground level, there's limited evidence for how persuadable they are,” said Dr. Dion.

Republicans see Sen. Donnelly as someone they could possibly beat so his seat will now become the focus of a very aggressive campaign.

The Indiana Republican US Senate primary was the most expensive primary campaign so far this year in the entire country.

According to political insiders, this means the race could set a new record by topping $100 million.

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(This story was originally published on May 10, 2018)

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