NewsPublic Affairs / July 22, 2016

Pence Endorses Holcomb As His Replacement On Indiana GOP Ticket

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb responds to questions after carrying paperwork into the Indiana Secretary of State's office to withdraw his candidacy for lieutenant governor in Indianapolis on Friday, July 15, 2016. - AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb responds to questions after carrying paperwork into the Indiana Secretary of State's office to withdraw his candidacy for lieutenant governor in Indianapolis on Friday, July 15, 2016.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Mike Pence has weighed in on who he wants to replace him on the GOP’s gubernatorial ballot with his endorsement of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Holcomb is one of four candidates vying to replace Pence on the ballot, along with U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita and State Sen. Jim Tomes.

Just days away from a vote on his replacement, Pence indicated a preference for Holcomb. In a statement, Pence says he made his choice when he picked Holcomb to take over as lieutenant governor earlier this year. The governor calls his former running mate one of the best-prepared people in recent memory to take on the job of governor.

In thanking Pence for the endorsement, Holcomb says, as governor, he’d strive to continue the successes of Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence. The Indiana Republican Party state committee will vote Tuesday on Pence’s replacement.

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