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Democratic state lawmaker says she won't enter race for Indiana's open US Senate seat


INDIANAPOLIS — A state lawmaker considered a possible Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate next year has decided against entering the race.

Democratic state Rep. Christina Hale announced Monday she would seek re-election in 2016 to her district on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Hale was seen by some as a possible fresh face for Democrats as opposed to former U.S. Rep. , who is the party's only declared 2016 Senate candidate.

The Senate seat is opening up with Republican ' announcement in March that he would not seek re-election next year.

U.S. Rep. and former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb have announced bids for the GOP Senate nomination, with U.S. Rep. also considering a candidacy.

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