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Rep. Eric Holcomb Wins Indiana Governor's Race
Updated November 9, 2016 7:15 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - 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.

Holcomb defeated Democrat John Gregg, who narrowly lost the 2012 gubernatorial race to Pence.

Tuesday night, Holcomb excitedly stated, "Race fans, we have just captured the checkered flag".

In his speech Holcomb said, "Governor Mitch Daniels built a foundation, Governor Mike Pence added a few stories, and Suzanne Crouch and I are going to add story after story after we take Indiana to the next level".

"No corner of our state will be ignored and no Hoosier will be left unclear on our focus of economical development, community development, excellence in education, and providing good state government and a great tax payer value," said Holcomb.

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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