John Gregg

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Governor Mike Pence heads into the year of his reelection bid with a sizeable fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger. 

Likely Democratic nominee John Gregg actually outraised Pence in the first half of 2015 and finished the year with $3.7 million in contributions, and $3.5 million cash on hand. 

But the Republican incumbent raised about $3.5 million  in the last six months…nearly as much as Gregg raised in all of 2015.  Pence ended the year dwarfing the Democrat’s numbers: nearly $7 million cash on hand after bringing in about $5 million over the year. 

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Former Evan Bayh chief of staff Tom Sugar will not run for governor.

Sugar had been flirting with a bid for the Democratic nomination, to be centered on the issue of redistricting reform. Sugar founded the nonprofit Lead or Leave to campaign for independently drawn districts, and is serving on a legislative study committee reviewing the issue.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Last month, we asked Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the John Myers pedestrian bridge's readiness for some fall festivals. He said the bridge might be ready in time. A couple weeks later, WBAA first learned of the railing issues that keep the bridge closed even now.

A week after that, Roswarski formally announced the bridge’s railings had some major issues.

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The Democratic races for president and for governor have clear frontrunners -- and prominent candidates considering late entries into the race.

John Gregg's strength pushed two rival candidates out of the race for governor, but two more, former Evan Bayh chief of staff Tom Sugar and Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr., are considering jumping in.

IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says it's not too late, but the real deadline is a month or two before the official one of Feb. 5. He says a candidate with good donor access could still catch up to Gregg's $1.8 million war chest.

Karen Tallian Out Of Governor's Race

Aug 18, 2015
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A second Democratic candidate is leaving the 2016 Indiana governor’s race.  In a statement released Monday, State Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) says she is withdrawing and now supports John Gregg. Gregg was the 2012 Democratic gubernatorial nominee and is the only announced candidate left in the race.

In an interview with Indiana Public Broadcasting earlier this year, Tallian said because her senate seat wasn’t up for election in 2016, she could make a run for governor with “nothing to lose.” 

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