INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – If Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, a scramble is expected at the Indiana Statehouse with other potential gubernatorial candidates trying to get their names on the ballot.
Donald Trump has said he will announce his vice presidential pick Friday at 11 a.m. in New York City.
If Mike Pence is chosen, he must drop out of the Indiana governor’s race. Indiana law does not allow a candidate’s name to appear on both the gubernatorial ballot and vice presidential ballot.
To do that, either Pence or his lawyer must deliver that paperwork to the Secretary of State’s office by noon on Friday.
Then, anyone else who wants to run for the governor’s seat will have the same Friday noon deadline to formally add their name.
The Republican Party Committee then has 30 days to name a replacement candidate for the governor’s race. A 12-vote majority of the 22 committee members is needed.
Names being floated include former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, though that is only speculation at this point.
Additional possibilities include Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and U.S. representatives Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks. They would also have to withdraw from their current races to be considered for the governor’s race.
If they are ultimately not chosen by the Republican Party Committee to replace Pence on the ballot, their names can be put back on the ballot for their current races in the November election. However, that also opens the possibility for a challenger to be added to their initial ballot.
If Trump chooses another candidate, local political experts say that’s not necessarily bad for Pence.
“I think it’s a win for the governor,” said Tim Swarens with The Indianapolis Star. “Whenever you’re considered for a promotion, I don’t think people are going to hold that against you too much, but I think it’s primarily a win because he dominated the news cycle in Indianapolis, in Indiana, for more than a week now.”
Currently, Pence is running against Democrat John Gregg.
In the 2012 election when the two ran against one another, Pence took 49.6 percent of the vote to Gregg’s 46.4 percent. In terms of the popular vote, Pence took over 80,000 more votes than Gregg.
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