Poll: Indiana Gubernatorial Race A Virtual “Tossup”
By Travis Thayer
John Gregg (left) and Eric Holcomb. File photo.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s gubernatorial contest is being called a virtual “tossup.”
According to the Cook Political Report released today, the Expedition Strategies survey shows only a seven point margin between Democratic nominee John Gregg and newly appointed GOP nominee Eric Holcomb.
The survey was taken August 1-3 by nearly 800 likely voters, and had Gregg leading Holcomb, 46 percent to 39 percent.
The governor’s race had to reboot when Governor Mike Pence officially accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his vice presidential running mate last month, ending the would-be rematch with Gregg.
In 2012, Pence defeated Gregg in the governor’s race by just two points.
In his place, the Indiana Republican State Committee chose Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb as their gubernatorial nominee.
Democrats feel this year’s race could end differently due to Holcomb’s name identification being below 50 percent, and his ties to Pence. In May, a Bellwether Research Poll found that only 40% of Hoosiers approved of Mike Pence’s job performance
The Democratic Party believe they can tie Holcomb to Pence and his record.
“In what started as a hangover following Mike Pence’s RFRA has now turned into a full out rejection of Gov. Pence, Eric Holcomb, and their out-of-touch ideological agenda that has damaged the state’s economy and its reputations,” said Drew Anderson, communications director. “Hoosiers are fed up with Statehouse Republicans putting their priorities ahead of the hard work that’s needed to improve the well-being of Indiana. To Hoosiers, Eric Holcomb’s embrace of Mike Pence would mean a repeat of what’s caused Indiana to fall behind the rest of the nation.”
The Republican Party has yet to comment on the Cook Political Report.
Although the contest is still in its infancy, experts expect a very competitive contest come November.