The 2012 Senate race will be heating up soon, and the most exciting part of it should be the Republican primary, where Senator Dick Lugar is expected to recieve a challenge from the right. The person most likely to face off against the Senator is current state Senator Mike Delph, who has expressed interest on multiple occasions and seems to be gearing up for a run. Governor Mitch Daniels and Congressman Mike Pence have also been mentioned, but both seem to be looking to run for other offices.
As I look at all potential opponents to Lugar, I try and visualize what they’ll bring to the Senate. Will a Senator Mike Delph bring valuable foreign policy experience? I think not. While Dick Lugar isn’t perfect, especially in some of his Supreme Court votes, he’s given more to Indiana and the Senate than Mike Delph or any other candidate ever will. This is early, but I want to let it be known that I proudly endorse Dick Lugar for Senate and am excited that he’ll be the first person I ever vote for in a Senate race!
As for the Democratic candidate, it could be Brad Ellsworth, but who knows, and who cares? I can’t see any Democratic candidate posing a serious threat to Senator Lugar.