NewsPublic Affairs / July 25, 2016

Indiana Republicans Meet Tuesday To Nominate Gubernatorial Candidate

Indiana Republicans Meet Tuesday To Nominate Gubernatorial CandidateLt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita, and State Sen. Jim Tomes are all seeking the nomination.Election 2016, Eric Holcomb, Susan Brooks, Todd Rokita, Indiana Republicans, Jim Tomes, Indiana politics2016-07-25T00:00:00-04:00
Indiana Republicans Meet Tuesday To Nominate Gubernatorial Candidate

The Indiana Republican Party’s state committee will meet Tuesday to nominate a replacement for Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ballot.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Republican Party’s state committee will meet Tuesday to nominate a replacement for Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ballot.

The Indiana GOP state committee is made up of four executive officers and two officers from each congressional district. Nick Barbknecht is one of the 2nd District officers. He’s spoken with each of the candidates – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita, and State Sen. Jim Tomes. Barbknecht is still undecided but says electability will weigh heavily on his decision.

“Three months away from early voting, it’s very high," Barbknecht says. "But I would argue that name ID and money and politics should never be our first priority.”

Barbknecht says he’s looking for the person who best articulates the GOP’s vision for the state. But he notes he purposefully hasn’t done a head count of the committee to get a sense of who’s leading.

“For every person who tells me that Eric Holcomb has the vast majority of votes, there’s another person who tells me, ‘Well, Susan just locked it up,’” Barbknecht says.

A candidate must earn a majority – 12 votes – to earn the nomination.

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