Politics

Indiana Republicans Pick Holcomb to Replace Pence in Governor's Race

Central committee selects lieutenant governor over Brooks and Rokita

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will replace Gov. Mike Pence on the Republican gubernatorial ballot this November. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Indiana Republicans on Tuesday picked Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to replace vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on the ballot in the governor's race  against Democrat John Gregg.  

The 22-member Republican State Central Committee voted anonymously to select Holcomb over 5th District Rep. Susan W. Brooks and 4th District Rep. Todd Rokita, who had both withdrawn from their Houses races .  

Holcomb had been endorsed by Pence and Republican Sen. Dan Coats, whom he previously served as chief of staff.  

Holcomb had earlier run to replace his former boss in the Senate before dropping out of the race in February. The following month, after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman resigned, Holcomb was appointed to take her place.   

That gave Democrats a talking point.   

"Eric Holcomb has sought three different public office positions in just one year, and each campaign has carried the same out-of-touch, ideological agenda that has set both middle-class Hoosiers and Indiana's economy back,” Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said in a statement after Holcomb's selection.

Rokita and Brooks both took themselves off the November ballot so they could run for governor. They must now go through a caucus of precinct chairmen in their districts to get back on the ballot.

A spokeswoman for Brooks said Tuesday that the congresswoman intends to do just that. Rokita has not yet commented on the outcome.

Gregg, the Democratic nominee for governor, is the former speaker of the Indiana House. The contest is rated Leans Republican by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call.  

Simone Pathe and Alex Clearfield contributed to this report.

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