2020 YEAR IN REVIEW: Trump’s defeat clouds Mike Pence’s future

For Mike Pence, a second term for President Donald Trump would have been a 2024 ticket to Republican front-runner status.

But with Trump’s loss—after Pence spent the last four years as his most loyal soldier and the past year doggedly campaigning on his behalf—the vice president is contending with a far less certain future.

The situation is made even more complicated by Trump’s private flirtations with running again himself
four years from now.

Trump’s selection of Pence as his running mate in July 2016 threw Indiana politics into upheaval. At the time, Pence had been running for reelection as Indiana governor.

The GOP picked Eric Holcomb, who had been Pence’s lieutenant governor, to replace Pence on the ballot, passing over Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks, who at the time were both U.S. House members, and state Sen. Jim Tomes.

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