Holcomb, GOP ride wave to sweep Indiana statewide offices

Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb thanks supporters after winning his race at an election night rally in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Eric Holcomb won the Indiana governor’s office as part of a Republican wave swept all state offices and large majorities in the General Assembly.

Holcomb’s victory comes a little more than three months after replacing Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the GOP nominee. He is a former Indiana Republican Party chairman but wasn’t well known around the state when he started the campaign, having only been appointed by Pence as lieutenant governor in March.

Holcomb defeated Democratic candidate John Gregg while running several percentage points behind Donald Trump’s landside margin in the state.

Holcomb touted the state’s improved fiscal condition under the past 12 years of Republican governors.
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