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March 9, 2014

Delph's re-election not foregone conclusion

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He did cite HJR-3 as a “clear contrast” between him and Delph. “I believe in equality for all people,” Ford explained. But he is a supporter of mass transit and adds, “Sen. Delph spent the past six weeks talking about HJR-3 and not really talking about the issues of District 29, which are jobs and economy. They want us to focus on the economy and getting people back to work.

Delph, who declined to discuss his campaign, has a reputation as a hard-working candidate. He raised $86,319.25 in 2013 and reported $180,223 cash on hand. But as former Senate leaders Bob Garton, Larry Borst and former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson will attest, candidates with huge money advantages can be defeated.

Since Delph’s rotunda press conference, Ford has described a significant outreach in various posts on his Facebook page. His followers on Twitter have increased from 50 to 600, his Facebook page went from 700 likes to 1,200. He’s raised about $2,000.

While there appears to be a potential opportunity for Ford in this race, he will have to build and run a very disciplined campaign. He faces a vigorous incumbent with a dedicated core group of social conservative supporters.

But this race could be an interesting one to watch.

Brian Howey, a Peru native, is the publisher of The Howey Political Report. He can be reached at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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