Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is building his home-state power base as he contemplates a run for the presidential nomination in 2012. Eric Holcomb, Daniels's deputy chief of staff and former campaign manager, was elected unanimously as chairman of the state GOP Monday, The Hill reports.
"I look forward to working statewide to strengthen and grow our party, win elections, and continue to put our shared ideals to work for Hoosier families," Holcomb says in a statement. He'll quit his position with Daniels to take over the new job.
Holcomb succeeds Murray Clark, who exited Dec. 31 after almost five years in office. Former state GOP Chairman Jim Kittle was briefly considered the favorite to succeed Clark, but he withdrew after an arrest for drunk driving Dec. 14.
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