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Todd Rokita

Indiana GOP panel backs Gov. Pence's preferred successor

Indiana Republican leaders selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the November ballot, backing the governor's preferred successor over two members of Congress who also sought the nomination when Pence withdrew to become Donald Trump's running mate.

After a private meeting, the 22-member Indiana Republican state committee announced it had decided Holcomb was best positioned to retain the governor's office. He'll face a tough fall matchup against Democrat John Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker who narrowly lost to Pence in the 2012 election.

"We ... cannot allow our state to slip, drift, go backward to those days of debt and delayed...