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Conservative legislator Delph won't challenge Lugar

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A potential conservative challenger is taking a pass on running against Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar.

State Sen. Mike Delph said Wednesday he would stay in the Indiana Legislature and focus on raising his family. The Carmel Republican, who has five daughters, had said he was considering possibly entering the Senate race or seeking the 5th congressional district seat now held by Republican Dan Burton.

Delph's decision against joining the Senate race leaves state Treasurer Richard Mourdock as Lugar's only primary challenger. Leaders of various Indiana tea party groups organized last year to unite behind a candidate in hope of defeating 35-year incumbent Lugar. They are expected to endorse Mourdock during a Sept. 24 convention.

Delph unsuccessfully pushed during this year's legislative session for Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in the state.

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  • Sad man, small heart
    We need reasonable and logical people working for us. This man's unrelenting racist tone and blind bigotry should be seen by everyone as automatic disqualifying characteristics.

    Also, we should shoot for the best of the best. Earning a law degree is hard, but not that hard. Same goes for the bar exam, but Delph failed the bar exam. I want the guy who goes in prepared and gets it right, not the guy who messes up on arguably the biggest test of his life. I don't know if he failed his second attempt, but I would not be surprised.

    Lugar has been successful because he stands by his values but doesn't consider stepping up to the line of crazy. Sensible and principled. We need more of that.

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