Indiana GOP panel selects Holcomb for November ballot

Gregg's campaign had largely shaped up as a referendum on Pence's four years in office, which has faced troubles including last year's national uproar over the state's religious objections law that opponents maintained allowed business to refuse services to gays and lesbians.

The Indiana Republican State Committee will decide Tuesday who will replace Governor Mike Pence on the November ballot.

A Republican with knowledge of the campaign's plans told The Associated Press on Monday that the IN governor plans a campaign stop IN the Waukesha area, a Republican stronghold IN the state. "That is something no other candidate in this race can boast".

"I'm a major donor to (Pence's) $7.1 million and I can assure you that if Mike does not use that money to support the party's nominee, his major donors will go insane", Hubbard said Sunday.

"Eric is speaking directly on conversations he has had with the governor regarding Eric's candidacy specifically", Seat said.

A spokesman for Rokita was not available for comment.

Mike Pence's pick to replace him on the November ballot is suggesting that Republicans seeking the nomination might not get help from Pence's $7 million campaign fund should GOP leaders go against the governor's wishes.

U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita also sought the nomination and congratulated Holcomb after the nomination was announced. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who served as a U-S Attorney at the same time as Brooks, has endorsed her, while Rokita has reminded state committee members he's the only candidate who's already won a statewide race, with two terms as secretary of state.

Indiana's 22-member Republican Party committee is set to pick a replacement for Pence during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

State committee member Kyle Hupfer of Madison County, who was supporting Holcomb, said the lieutenant governor benefits from long ties with GOP leaders.

"I've known Eric Holcomb for more than twenty years", Pence said.

Several other top Republican officials and donors also are endorsing Holcomb.

"The RGA made clear that its organization will move to the Republican nominee", he said.

"Eric will build upon Governor Mike Pence's successful legacy of sound fiscal management, job creation and economic success, and continue to make IN a state that works", said Gov. Susana Martinez, the chair of the Republican Governors Association, IN a statement Tuesday. Holcomb is a former state Republican chairman whom Pence appointed Holcomb to the state's No. 2 office in March after his 2012 running mate resigned.

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