Political observers say Indiana’s newly minted Republican gubernatorial nominee has an uphill battle in the next 100 or so days if he wants to beat Democrat John Gregg in the Nov. 8 election.
State Republicans selected Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ballot during a meeting Tuesday.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb appears to be the favorite to snare the Republican nomination for governor. He ruffled feathers over the weekend by suggesting he had an inside track to Gov. Mike Pence’s financial support.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on Monday said he’d rather stay in his current job than run for the 5th Congressional District. The Republican ballot opened up earlier this month, and Brainard told IBJ he was considering it.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb has told the GOP officials who will choose the party’s gubernatorial candidate that only he has a commitment from Gov. Mike Pence to use his $7 million campaign fund.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, now Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, said Friday that he believes Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb is “one of the best prepared individuals in recent memory” to replace him in the Statehouse.
Experts polled by Bloomberg agreed that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence performed well in his speech Tuesday at the Republican National Convention after Sen. Ted Cruz stunned the crowd by refusing to endorse the GOP ticket.
The Donald Trump campaign has not given an indication of when the press conference, previously scheduled for Friday morning, would be rescheduled. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is widely expected to be announced as Trump’s running mate.
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and House Speaker Brian Bosma are also among potential nominees.
Now that Trump has claimed Pence on the national ticket, who will replace him here in Indiana?
A Friday deadline for withdrawing from state races complicates decisions for those who might want to jump into the governor’s race.
Trump stayed in Indiana on Tuesday after a mechanical issue with his plane—and he made the most it, setting up a makeshift headquarters at the Conrad Indianapolis hotel Wednesday and meeting with potential vice presidential candidates and advisers.
Donald Trump’s nationwide lag in fundraising compared with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is apparent even in Indiana, despite the fact polling shows Trump comfortably besting Clinton in a general election matchup here.
The Republican Governors Association called the Democrat a “wasteful-spending, tax-loving, former lobbyist.”
Competitive and highly publicized races in Indiana’s May 3 primary election drove more voters to the polls than four years ago. Early voting also was up.
With polls predicting that Sen. Cruz Ted will lose the Indiana primary, campaign officials are bracing for immediate staffing cuts, according to an aide.
The Trusted Leadership PAC said it will spend $1.6 million and Club for Growth Action said it will spend $1.5 million on ad buys.