NewsPublic Affairs / July 18, 2016

Experts Talk GOP Nomination For Governor's Race

Experts Talk GOP Nomination For Governor's Race

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb responds to questions after carrying paperwork into the Indiana Secretary of State's office in Indianapolis. Friday, July 15, 2016, to remove his name from the ballot for re-election.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS -- Once Mike Pence withdrew his name from the ballot so he could run on Donald Trump’s ticket, three key figures in Indiana politics wasted no time formally announcing their intention to seek the GOP nomination for governor. Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita pulled their names from their own races within hours.

Political analyst John Ketzenberger says, for the 22 members of the Indiana GOP’s state committee, Holcomb is probably the current favorite.

“He’s already been on the campaign trail. He’s already got the benefit of being well-known within the Republican Party. He’s a good campaigner,” he says.

But University of Indianapolis political scientist Laura Albright says the committee may veer away from the lieutenant governor in favor of a candidate with more statewide name recognition:

“Usually look to the lieutenant governor, but obviously Holcomb hasn’t been in that office for very long. I don’t see him as necessarily fulfilling that role,” she says.

Holcomb became lieutenant governor in March. The GOP state committee will meet July 26  to choose the gubernatorial nominee.

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