Elections & Politics

Holcomb Chooses State Auditor Crouch As Running Mate

Jul 29, 2016
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Indiana Republican governor candidate Eric Holcomb says State Auditor Suzanne Crouch will be his running mate on the November ballot.

Holcomb, who in March was sworn in as lieutenant governor, was nominated this week by the Indiana Republican State Committee to run for governor after Pence accepted Donald Trump's invitation to run for U.S. Vice President.

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The 1940 GOP party nominations were done from the floor of the party convention, because the primary election season wasn’t what it is today.

And so, candidates could be plucked, seemingly from obscurity, to have their names put in contention. And if you had a friend like then-Indiana Congressman Charles Halleck, so much the better.

Halleck stepped to the podium in Philadelphia and, in a somewhat shrill, high-pitched, excited tone, entered his friend Wendell Willkie into the fray.

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The Indiana GOP state committee will officially nominate gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb’s pick for lieutenant governor Monday.

As Holcomb was announced as the Republican Party’s candidate for governor, he discussed what he’s looking for in a partner on the ticket. He says primarily he wants someone who can run the state. Bowen Center for Public Affairs director Joseph Losco notes that the last two governors have run with women on their tickets:

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Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb is the Republican  candidate for governor. 

The Republican State Committee chose Holcomb over 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita, 5th District Congresswoman Susan Brooks and State Senator Jim Tomes, of Posey County.

The 22-member state committee convened at 10 a.m. Tuesday to fill the ballot vacancy created when Governor Mike Pence withdrew to be Donald Trump's running mate.

A little after 1 p.m., Republican party leaders announced Holcomb will top the statewide ticket.

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Governor Mike Pence has endorsed Lietutenant Governor Eric Holcomb as his preferred candidate to replace him on the GOP’s gubernatorial ballot.

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 Senator 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.

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The race to replace Mike Pence on the Indiana Republican gubernatorial ticket has a fourth candidate.

Senator Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) sent an email to members of the Indiana GOP’s state committee, announcing his intention to seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Tomes says his six years as a state senator gives him legislative experience while he’s learned the relationship between other government branches and agencies.

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Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita have thrown their names in to replace Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ballot.

With Pence withdrawing his name from the ballot for governor, the dominos began to fall.

First in line was Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb – he cites his experience in the state as the reason he should be the GOP’s new gubernatorial nominee. That includes working for former Governor Mitch Daniels.

 

Mike Pence is off the ballot for governor. A staffer Friday filed paperwork prior to the noon deadline to remove Pence from the ballot, which allows him to run for vice president with Donald Trump.

The official announcement of Pence as running mate was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, but Trump postponed in the wake of a terror attack in France. Trump announced on Twitter there would be a press conference on Saturday.

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The following is a statement from Purdue University President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels regarding the 2016 election:

"Ordinarily, it’s neither necessary nor good practice to comment on hypothetical questions.  But this year and the current political situation in Indiana is extraordinary to say the least.  So I think it is appropriate that I make plain today that, should there be a sudden need to name a new nominee for governor, I will not present myself as a candidate nor would I accept the nomination if offered.

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Former Senator Evan Bayh will seek to regain his old job, making the official announcement Wednesday that he’s joining the race for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

Bayh, who abruptly dropped out of a reelection run in 2010, says he’s running because partisan bickering has ground Washington to a halt, the very same reason he gave for leaving the Senate six years ago.

Now, the former Democratic Senator says he can no longer sit on the sidelines.

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