Report: Pence Fundraising Tops Gregg In Second Quarter
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana gubernatorial candidates John Gregg (left) and Mike Pence.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – If Mike Pence sticks with his Indiana gubernatorial re-election bid instead of becoming Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, he’ll have a fundraising advantage over his Democratic opponent.
Pence, the Republican candidate for a second-term in the governor’s office, raised just over $2.6 million in the second quarter, The Indianapolis Star reports in citing a memo from Pence’s campaign. Democrat John Gregg raised about $2.8 million, his campaign announced.
Pence’s second quarter fundraising is elevated to about $4.1 million if factoring in a recent advertising purchase by the Republican Governors Association.
Pence has about $7.4 million on-hand for his gubernatorial campaign. Gregg, who had outraised Pence in the first quarter of 2016, has $5.8 million in his warchest.
Formal second quarter campaign finance reports do not have to be filed until July 15.
Meanwhile, there is a growing chorus who believe Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s pick for vice president. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, who dropped out of consideration Wednesday, told Politico that Pence has the inside track.
Pence has a deadline of July 15 to have his name removed as a gubernatorial candidate on the Indiana general election ballot.