Ind. GOP sources: Pence likely VP pick, search for ballot replacement heating up

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Several members of the Indiana GOP have told NewsChannel 15 there are active discussions within the party about who would potentially replace Gov. Mike Pence if he is selected to be Donald Trump’s running mate in November.

Several high-ranking state GOP members said they believe Pence is likely to be the VP choice.

The Trump Campaign and a spokesperson for Gov. Mike Pence have not made an official announcement.

Pence’s office told several media outlets Wednesday that no job has been offered nor accepted.

But the list of who could replace Pence seems to be ever-growing.

The two most common names repeated by those within the  party are current Lieutenant Govenor Eric Holcomb and Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Bosma reportedly told a group of gathered republicans Monday that he’d be interested in going on the November ballot in a run for governor. Bosma has previously indicated his affection for some day running for governor.

Holcomb, who was appointed as Lt. Govenor earlier this year, is the former head of the Indiana Republican Party. Holcomb was appointed to the state’s No. 2 job when Sue Ellspermann resigned to take the top job at Ivy Tech Community College.

Bosma, 58, has served in the legislature since 1986. He  served as Speaker from 2004-2006 and has since served in that role since 2010.

Other names surfacing as potential replacements include GOP Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-3rd) and GOP Congressman Todd Rokita (IN-4th).

Stutzman lost a bid in the GOP Primary for U.S. Senate. He will leave office in January.

Rokita is currently running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He easlily won his primary and is expected to defeated his democratic opponent in November. Rokita previously served as Indiana Secretary of State.

State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller have also been mentioned as possible replacements.

If Pence is chosen to run with Trump, he has to withdraw from Indiana’s ballot by noon on July 15th. Trump has said he’s vetting as many as ten candidates. But three have become the clear front-runner: Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) withdrew her name for consideration to be Trump’s running mate Wednesday. She also told Politico she thinks Pence should get the nomination to be Vice President.  

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) also dropped out of the veepstakes Wednesday.

 

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