Holcomb and Gregg ‘neck and neck’ in Monmouth poll 

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A Monmouth poll released Wednesday revealed that it’s anyone’s race when it comes to Hoosiers choosing their next governor.

Republican nominee Eric Holcomb and Democratic contender John Gregg are separated by only a point, well within the poll’s 4.9 point margin for error.

The Monmouth poll is the first non-partisan poll conducted since Gov. Mike Pence left the governor’s race to become the Republican vice-presidential nominee and the Republican State Committee selected Holcomb, the lieutenant governor, to be the party’s new standard-bearer.

The poll shows Holcomb with 42 percent, compared to Gregg’s 41 percent. Rex Bell, the Libertarian candidate, polled at 4 percent and 15 percent remain undecided.

Both Republicans and Democrats said the poll showed support for their candidates.

“This poll proves that Hoosiers haven’t forgotten John Gregg’s failed legacy from his time as Speaker,” said Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell, in a statement. “Contrary to what our opponents think, Indiana’s economy continues to thrive. Companies and small businesses are prospering due to the leadership of Republicans in the Statehouse and Gov. Mike Pence.”

Democrats contend the tight race suggests Hoosiers want a change.

“Mike Pence, Eric Holcomb, and Hoosier Republicans have placed their ideological agenda before anything else for far too long, and Hoosiers are fed up with it,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody, in a statement. “This includes promoting a lagging economy where Hoosiers work more for less and passing tone-deaf laws like RFRA, which has crippled business and tarnished our state’s welcoming reputation. Hoosiers want to see our state head in a new direction where common sense and inclusion are above party agenda.”

The poll also surveyed where Hoosiers stand in regard to the presidential and U.S. Senate races.

At the national level, the poll shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has an 11 point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Democrat Evan Bayh leads U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, by seven points in the U.S. Senate race.

The poll is the first non-partisan one conducted since Bayh entered the Senate race last month, replacing former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, D-Indiana, on the ballot.

The poll was conducted over the phone between August 13 – 16 and involved 403 Hoosiers “likely to vote” in November. This sample has a margin of error of + 4.9 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

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