Pence to Become New Indiana Governor
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Mike Pence says he owes his victory in Indiana's governor's race in part to the record built by his predecessor.
Pence won the job for which he has been campaigning for the better part of his last two-year term in Congress. The Republican defeated former Democratic House Speaker John Gregg in a race closer than some expected. Pence picked up 50 percent of the vote to 46-percent for Gregg, with Libertarian candidate Rupert Boneham getting four-percent of the vote.
Pence was the favorite in the race ever since he declared his candidacy and no other Republican challenged him in the primary. But Gregg made it a close race in the final weeks of the campaign, claiming that Pence's conservative beliefs on social issues were out of touch with many in Indiana. After the votes were counted, both men were gracious in talking about the other, and Pence vowed to reach out to those who did not support him in an effort to unite the state.
Pence says he spoke to Governor Mitch Daniels prior to his victory speech, and says he is meeting with Daniels this morning to start planning the transition to the next administration. After expressing support for Pence early on, Daniels sat out most of the campaign after accepting the job as president of Purdue University once his term ends.