INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 18, 2015) - Ahead of his formal re-election campaign announcement, Governor Mike Pence spoke with the media and insisted recent polling that has him with less than 50% of the vote, and slipping in popularity, is not a concern.
“I’m just very excited to have the opportunity to formally announce my intention to seek reelection as Governor of the state of Indiana,” he told reporters.
Pence made it official Thursday; he will make another run for the Governor’s office. A change for someone who was once considered a Presidential candidate. Recent polls may show why.
According to the latest poll from Bellwether Research and Consulting, Pence now has a 34% favorability rating. Only a third of registered Hoosier voters say the governor deserves to be re-elected, and more than half say it’s time to give the job to someone else.
“The only poll that really matters is going to happen in November of 2016. I’m just very excited. The campaign starts tonight. We’re going to carry our message all across the state of Indiana,” said Pence.
According to the same poll, Pence has got some stiff competition as well. He is tied with Democrat State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and losing by one point to former gubernatorial candidate, Democrat John Gregg.
Though both Democrat candidates are having a difficult time with name recognition throughout the state, they believe the Governor is vulnerable after the fallout from the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Law.
“That’s going to be for voters to decide. For me, I’m very proud of our record, very proud of the progress our state has made. Indiana’s the fiscal envy of the country,” said Pence.
“Voters should never forget who caused them to lose pride in who they are. Mike Pence you can throw away all your talking points, what you did was undeniable and families and voters in the state of Indiana will not forget it,” said State Senate Minority Leader, Tim Lanane (D – Anderson).
State democrats took the opportunity Thursday to start their campaigning early; slamming the Governor for even seeking re-election.
“Hoosiers are fed up with hearing the state’s economy is booming when they don’t see their lives improving,” said John Zody, Indiana Democratic Party Chair.
Pence will make his formal campaign announcement Thursday night at the annual GOP Spring Dinner, with 800 of his colleagues present.