Holcomb defeats Gregg in Indiana’s gubernatorial race

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WLFI) — Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb won the Indiana governor’s race, extending his party’s 12-year hold on the state’s top office.

Holcomb was little known around the state when he became the Republican candidate in July after Gov. Mike Pence was picked as Donald Trump’s running mate.

Democrat John 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, but largely avoided mentioning Pence’s name.

Holcomb, who has never been elected to public office, is a former state Republican chairman and was appointed lieutenant governor in March.

Holcomb received 51 percent of the vote, Gregg pulled in 45 percent, and Libertarian Rex Bell ended up with 3 percent.