Pence Withdraws From Governor's Ballot, Beating Noon Deadline

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

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, appearing here with Donald Trump on Tuesday, withdrew from his gubernatorial re-election race Friday. (Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images)

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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