Gregg praises Ritz after schools chief exits gov. race

FILE - In this June 4, 2015, file photo, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz takes questions from the media after she announced in Indianapolis that she will run in the Democratic primary for Indiana Governor. Ritz announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, she was dropping out of the 2016 Indiana governor's race and will instead seek re-election to her current job next year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial front-runner John Gregg praised Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, his chief Democratic rival who dropped out of the race.

In a statement Friday, the former state House speaker committed to supporting Ritz in her campaign for re-election as schools chief.

Gregg out-fundraised Ritz in recent months as both sought the Democratic nomination for governor. Ritz ended June with about $110,000 in campaign funds, far behind the $1.8 million Gregg had in the bank as he seeks a rematch of his 2012 campaign loss to Pence.

Should he win, Gregg pledged to work cooperatively with Ritz.


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