Gov. Mike Pence appears to be heading to into a new kind of race this election season – as presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, according to Roll Call.
Roll Call said the information comes from a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision-making process.
Pence was chosen from a list of possible vice presidential candidates that included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Army Gen. Michael Flynn.
Pence’s deputy campaign manager, Marc Lotter, is on his way to New York City where Trump’s official vice presidential nomination is scheduled to be announced at 11 a.m. Friday at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
This week has included a frenzy of meetings after Trump stayed in Indianapolis longer than originally planned. Trump held a series of meetings downtown Wednesday that included Pence, Gingrich flying in to town, a phone meeting with Christie and others.
Friday at noon is the deadline for Pence to make a decision about running for reelection as governor. The Journal Courier in Lafayette is reporting that former Gov. Mitch Daniels would not pursue or accept a nomination if Pence withdrawals from the governor’s race.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R- Fort Wayne, and U.S Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, are just a few of the names being mentioned for filling the vacancy left by Pence if the governor accepts an invitation to run with Trump.
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