INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Eric Holcomb has won the Indiana governor’s race, a little more than three months after replacing Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the GOP nominee.
Holcomb was little known around the state when he became the Republican candidate in July, about five months after Pence appointed the former state GOP chairman as lieutenant governor.
During his acceptance speech Tuesday night, Holcomb said he is meeting with a transitional team tomorrow to get a plan together for his first 100 days when he takes office. He also highlighted some of the struggles pointed out at the beginning of this campaign.
“When we kicked this thing off you heard what I heard. You heard Holcomb can’t raise enough money. Holcomb can’t put a credible statewide campaign together in this short of time. Holcomb can’t do this and Holcomb can’t do that. We’ll they were partly right. Holcomb couldn’t do it, but we did,” Holcomb told the crowd.
Holcomb defeated Democrat John Gregg, who narrowly lost the 2012 gubernatorial race to Pence.
Gregg’s campaign aimed to link Holcomb to controversies during Pence’s term such as Indiana’s 2015 religious-objections law that sparked a national uproar from gay-rights supporters.
Holcomb touted the state’s improved fiscal condition under Republican governors the past 12 years. Holcomb largely avoided mentioning Pence’s name, instead citing his time as a top aide to Pence’s popular predecessor, Mitch Daniels.
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