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The Hill: Pence Leaves Hole in Indiana's Gubernatorial Race

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By    |   Friday, 15 Jul 2016 06:38 PM

Mike Pence's decision to join forces with Donald Trump as his running mate opens a host of possibilities in Indiana's gubernatorial election this fall.

Trump named Pence, the current Republican governor of Indiana, as his vice presidential pick Friday morning. The move leaves three lawmakers in the Hoosier State competing for the Republican spot on the state's November ballot.

According to The Hill, the three candidates in the running are Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and two state Reps.: Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita.

Indiana's Republican party has 30 days to decide who the candidate will be, via the 22-member executive committee.

"It's way too early to get a handle on how the central committee will vote," Brian Howey, publisher of Howey Politics Indiana, told The Hill. "They know this could be a bloody process."

What could be working against the state's GOP is the fact it is so late in the election season to be without a candidate.

Indiana's former House Speaker John Gregg is the Democrat in the state's gubernatorial race. He nearly beat Pence in the 2012 election, losing by a little more than 3 percentage points.

Pence told the Indianapolis Star Friday he's "humbled and very grateful" to be named Trump's running mate.

"I'm very excited, very humbled and very grateful," Pence said. "We love Indiana. We love our country. My family and I couldn’t be more honored to run with and serve with the next president of the United States."

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