Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb Chosen As New GOP Gubernatorial Nominee
By Travis Thayer
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Republican State Committee voted Tuesday to fill the gubernatorial vacancy left by Governor Mike Pence.
The 22 voting members of the state committee chose between four candidates: Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-4), Congressman Todd Rokita (IN-5) and State Sen. Jim Tomes.
After two rounds of voting, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb narrowly edged out Susan Brooks for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
“I am honored to receive the nomination of the Indiana Republican Party to serve as our candidate for Governor. I’m thankful to the community and grassroots leaders who endorsed my campaign in the past several days and look forward to working with them – and everyone – as this campaign officially now kicks into high gear,” said Holcomb.
Holcomb will replace Governor Mike Pence on the ballot after he gave up his re-election bid in order to become Donald Trump’s running mate. He will be opposed on the ballot by Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg.
There is some speculation that Pence could resign from office in order to allow Holcomb to run as the incumbent in the November election.
John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party made the following statement:
“Eric Holcomb has sought three different public office positions in just one year, and each campaign has carried the same out-of-touch, ideological agenda that has set both middle-class Hoosiers and Indiana’s economy back. This includes RFRA, one of the most restrictive women’s health laws in the nation, and a state economy that has our workers’ incomes falling behind the rest of the country. Eric Holcomb is just another out-of-touch ideologue who will hurt the middle class and undermine Hoosier values.”