Recast Indiana governor’s race still has Pence presence

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Eric Holcomb and Democrat John Gregg are in the final stretch of their campaigns to become Indiana’s next governor.

Holcomb has rushed to distinguish himself to voters over the last three months, since he was chosen to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot after the Republican governor dropped his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s vice-presidential running mate.

Gregg is keeping Pence as a campaign issue. He says Holcomb, the state’s current lieutenant governor, is a Pence rubber stamp who supported the governor on contentious issues, including last year’s religious-objections law.

Holcomb rarely mentions Pence’s name while campaigning. His ads highlight his time as an aide for former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, Pence’s popular predecessor.

 

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