“We have looked at this thing from every which way, Thomas told the blog Howey Politics Indiana. It doesnt make sense to get in. We dont see a chance to win.

Although Mourdock has struggled with raising the funds needed to compete against the six-term senator, he has a clearer path to victory without Thomas in the race. Both Mourdock and Lugar have already been on the air with radio ads, and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth has targeted Lugar repeatedly for being too centrist.