Pence Withdraws From Governor’s Ballot, Beating Noon Deadline

Reps. Susan Brooks, Todd Rokita both launch bids to replace Pence

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday. Trump on Friday announced he had selected Pence as his running mate.  (Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images)
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday. Trump on Friday announced he had selected Pence as his running mate.  (Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted July 15, 2016 at 10:46am

All eyes were on the Indiana Secretary of State’s office Friday morning waiting to see if Gov. Mike Pence, who was announced as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, would withdraw from his re-election bid by the noon deadline.

On Friday, he did just that, filing with the secretary of state to withdraw his candidacy. 

Reps. Susan W. Brooks and Todd Rokita followed up by withdrawing from their respective House races next to pursue the gubernatorial nomination. 

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A spokesman for Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson earlier told Roll Call that a candidate may submit the form via proxy, but it must be submitted in person and bear the candidate’s original signature. Submitting remotely by fax or email or submitting a copy without an original signature is not permitted.

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Given that Pence is in New York today, he would have had to have signed the form himself before leaving to ensure that he was able to remove himself from the ballot.


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