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The Indiana Republican Party will choose its replacement for Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ticket in a little more than a week. 

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.

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita pulled their names from their own races within hours. 

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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.

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Governor Mike Pence got his chance Tuesday to sound vice presidential for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate’s decision on a running mate approaches.

The two met in Indianapolis earlier in the day, prior to a private fundraiser.

Pence was effusive in his praise for Trump at the Republican presidential hopeful’s rally in Westfield.

Pence declared to a crowd of more than a thousand that Trump “gets it” and hears the voice of Americans.

Gregg To Announce Running Mate Before Dems' Convention

May 23, 2016
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Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg plans to announce his running mate next month, about a week before the party's state convention.

Gregg isn't saying how many potential lieutenant governors he's considering, but says he's looking for someone who shares his vision on the economy and education.

But he says the criteria are slightly different from his first run four years ago -- he says he's also looking for someone who can help win over the centrist Republicans he's betting are dissatisfied with Governor Mike Pence.

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Eric Holcomb officially became Indiana’s 51st Lieutenant Governor Thursday.  The longtime Hoosier political figure replaces Sue Ellspermann, who left to pursue a job at Ivy Tech.

A veritable who’s who of Indiana government gathered at the Statehouse to watch Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa swear in Eric Holcomb.  The balconies ringing the atrium were crowded with lobbyists, lawmakers and politicos, all to see a ceremony that’s taken place in the middle of a term only twice in the last century. 

Incoming Lt. Gov. Holcomb Says Job Creation Is A Priority

Feb 18, 2016
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Eric Holcomb says one of his priorities once his appointment as Lt. Governor becomes official will be job retention.

“You want to make sure that you’ve got the right tax climate, you want to make sure you’ve got the right regulatory climate, you want to make sure – Governor Pence says this a lot and he’s absolutely spot-on – you’ve got to make sure Indiana is truly the crossroads of America,” Holcomb says.

His statement comes on the heels of appliance manufacturer Carrier and another firm announcing they’re moving 2,100 jobs out of Indiana.

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State Democrats say they’re surprised by the nomination of a new lieutenant governor.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says he was taken aback by Sue Ellspermann’s intention to resign. Lanane calls it “a blow for diversity.”

Her announcement came right after Governor Pence said he would nominate Eric Holcomb, the former state Republican Party chairman and - until earlier this week - candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Former Indiana Republican Party Chair Eric Holcomb will soon have the number two job in Indiana state government. Governor Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Holcomb will take Sue Ellspermann’s seat as the state’s lieutenant governor.

Current Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann told Governor Pence of her interest in seeking the open presidency position at Ivy Tech last December. Pence began the search for her replacement soon after and says Holcomb’s background makes him a perfect fit.

Holcomb Expected To Replace Ellspermann As Lt. Gov

Feb 9, 2016
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Governor Mike Pence is expected to name former State Republican Party chair Eric Holcomb as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor. 

Holcomb will replace Sue Ellspermann, who is under consideration to become the President of Ivy Tech Community College.

Pence scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to make an announcement regarding his administration.

Holcomb, a former advisor to Governor Mitch Daniels, just yesterday dropped out of the GOP primary race for U-S Senate.

Eric Holcomb Exits U.S. Senate Race

Feb 8, 2016
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Former Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb has quit the race for U.S. Senate.

Holcomb formally pulled out of the race half an hour before the noon deadline to get his name off the May primary ballot.

His withdrawal leaves Republicans with a two-way race between Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and Todd Young (R-9th).

Holcomb was the first candidate to enter the race -- he jumped in days after Dan Coats announced his retirement last March.