Mike Pence holds Fort Wayne rally

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepts the Republican nomination for vice president Wednesday, July 21, 2016. (CNN Photo)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepts the Republican nomination for vice president Wednesday, July 21, 2016. (CNN Photo)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WISH) — Mike Pence conducted his first Indiana campaign rally today since being chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate.

It was in Fort Wayne and he came to give a boost to a pair of fellow Republicans.

Todd Young is running for the U.S. Senate and Eric Holcomb is running for governor. Both of them are in close races but they are trailing.

Republicans hope Mike Pence can make a difference.

But support from Pence does not guarantee success. Here in Indianapolis, Democrats still believe Pence will hurt Eric Holcomb.

“The Pence-Holcomb administration has steered Indiana on a detour,” said State Democratic Chairman John Zody, “a direction Hoosiers want to move away from as soon as possible.”

“It’s about things like singling out our LGBT citizens,” said Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath.

But in Fort Wayne Pence went all out.

“And would you join me in thanking the next great governor of the state of Indiana Eric Holcomb and his wife Janet,” he told the crowd. “Let’s make sure they go to the Statehouse and keep Indiana growing.”

He brought both Holcomb and Young on stage in the middle of his speech.

“Tell somebody why Todd Young, for the sake of Indiana, for the sake of the nation,” he said, “why Todd Young has to be the next United States Senator from Indiana.”

We’ll find out if it helped or hurt in 39 days.