Trump Tweets Pence Pick, Three GOP Candidates Enter Gubernatorial Race

Jul 15, 2016


Mike Pence is off the ballot for governor. A staffer Friday filed paperwork prior to the noon deadline to remove Pence from the ballot, which allows him to run for vice president with Donald Trump.

The official announcement of Pence as running mate was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, but Trump postponed in the wake of a terror attack in France. Trump announced on Twitter there would be a press conference on Saturday.


Pence's withdrawal from the gubernatorial race creates a domino effect as other Republicans vie to replace him. Three GOP hopefuls also had to withdraw from their positions on the ballot by the noon deadline.

Current Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita officially removed their names from the ballot in a bid to seek Pence's office.

"I've been lieutenant governor now for just over four months, doing the job and so I look forward to continuing the success here in Indiana and being able to share my contribution," Holcomb said.

The Indiana Republican Party's state committee has 30 days to fill the ballot vacancy.​

Rokita and Brooks could return to running for their House seats if they aren't chosen for the gubernatorial ticket.