Indiana GOP committee confirms Holcomb’s running-mate choice

Indiana Republican leaders have confirmed new gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb's pick for his running mate.
 
The GOP state committee voted Monday morning to nominate state Auditor Suzanne Crouch for lieutenant governor, party officials said in a written statement. Holcomb and Crouch were to speak at a news conference later Monday.
 
Holcomb announced Friday his selection of Crouch, who was a state legislator from Evansville and a Vanderburgh County commissioner before Gov. Mike Pence appointed her state auditor in early 2014. She won election to a full term as auditor later that year.
 
The Republican committee's vote completes the reshuffling of the November ballot caused by Pence dropping his re-election bid to become Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate.
 
Holcomb is the current lieutenant governor and is running against Democrat John Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker who lost a close race to Pence in 2012. Gregg's running mate is state Rep. Christina Hale of Indianapolis.
 
Holcomb, a 48-year-old former state Republican Party chairman who has never been elected to office, became lieutenant governor in March after Pence's 2012 running mate, Sue Ellspermann, resigned to seek the presidency of Ivy Tech State College.
 
Crouch, 64, was first elected to the Indiana House in 2005. She rose to become vice chairman of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee before she was appointed auditor, an administrative office that handles state payments and tax distributions.Indiana GOP committee confirms Holcomb's running mate choice 
TOM DAVIES, Associated Press
 
 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican leaders have confirmed new gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb's pick for his running mate.
 
The GOP state committee voted Monday morning to nominate state Auditor Suzanne Crouch for lieutenant governor, party officials said in a statement. Holcomb and Crouch were to speak at a news conference later Monday.
 
Holcomb announced Friday his selection of Crouch, who was a state legislator from Evansville and a Vanderburgh County commissioner before Gov. Mike Pence appointed her state auditor in early 2014. She won election to a full term as auditor later that year.
 
The Republican committee's vote completes the reshuffling of the November ballot caused by Pence dropping his re-election bid to become Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate.
 
Holcomb is the current lieutenant governor and is running against Democrat John Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012. Gregg's running mate is state Rep. Christina Hale of Indianapolis.
 
Holcomb, a 48-year-old former state Republican Party chairman who has never been elected to office, became lieutenant governor in March after Pence's 2012 running mate, Sue Ellspermann, resigned to seek the presidency of Ivy Tech State College.
 
Crouch, 64, was first elected to the Indiana House in 2005. She rose to become vice chairman of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee before she was appointed auditor, an administrative office that handles state payments and tax distributions.

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