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Trump slams Indiana Democratic ads touting Libertarian

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton, from left, participate in a U.S. Senate Debate, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Indianapolis. President Donald Trump has accused Donnelly of "trying to steal the election" by running ads touting the Libertarian candidate to peel away votes from Republican challenger Braun. In a tweet Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, Trump said the rumor is Donnelly paid for the Facebook ads. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump accused Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly of “trying to steal the election” by running ads touting the Libertarian candidate in an effort to peel away votes from Republican challenger Mike Braun in a close contest.

In a tweet Saturday , Trump said the rumor is Donnelly paid for the Facebook ads. The Indiana Democratic Party confirmed that it paid for them and a line at the top of the ads says that they are “authorized by Donnelly for Indiana.”

The ad is among several on Facebook saying that Braun used to be a Democrat and has voted for tax increases as a member of the state Legislature. It urges Hoosier conservatives to “vote your values.”

“Libertarian Lucy Brenton is the true Anti-tax conservative,” the ad says. Braun says he is a fiscal conservative.

Republicans hope to knock off Donnelly in a state Trump won easily in 2016 to expand their 51-49 majority in the Senate. Trump visits Fort Wayne, Indiana, Monday to rally for Braun.

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