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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence appears to be heading to into a new kind of race this election season – as presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s running mate.
Throughout the day Thursday, many media outlets began reporting that Trump was poised to name the Indiana governor as his running mate.
Trump will make his official announcement at an 11 a.m. event in Manhattan.
Washington publication Roll Call was among the first to report that Pence would be Trump's vice pick for VP. It said the information came from a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision-making process.
Pence was chosen from a list of possible vice presidential candidates that included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Army Gen. Michael Flynn.
The Indy Star reported Thursday evening that Pence was seen arriving on a plane in Teterboro, N.J., near Manhattan. Earlier in the day, Pence campaign spokesman Marc Lotter was spotted on a plane headed to New York City.
This week has included a frenzy of meetings after Trump stayed in Indianapolis longer than originally planned. Trump held a series of meetings downtown Wednesday that included Pence, Gingrich flying in to town, a phone meeting with Christie and others.
Friday at noon is the deadline for Pence to make a decision about running for reelection as governor. The Journal Courier in Lafayette is reporting that former Gov. Mitch Daniels would not pursue or accept a nomination if Pence withdrawals from the governor’s race.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R- Fort Wayne, and U.S Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, are just a few of the names being mentioned for filling the vacancy left by Pence if the governor accepts an invitation to run with Trump.
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