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Sen. Mike Delph Opts Out Of Run For Coats' Seat

Indiana Senate Republicans

Next year’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Dan Coats will remain at three challengers after State Senator Mike Delph Tuesday opted against a bid. 

Senator Coats’ announcement earlier this year that he wouldn’t run for re-election took many by surprise.  Almost immediately, Coats advisor and former State GOP Chair Eric Holcomb threw his hat into the ring.  He was followed by Congressmen Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young.  And State Senator Mike Delph, an outspoken conservative who’s often courted controversy, says he was urged to make his own bid for the seat and sought advice from grassroots activists and GOP donors. 

However, Delph says after discussing it with his wife and five daughters, he determined that a run for any office next year would be too great a burden on his family.  That also rules out a bid for Indiana Attorney General, where incumbent Republican Greg Zoeller isn’t seeking re-election.  

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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