Mike Pence withdraws from Indiana governor's race as Trump makes running mate announcement

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's attorneys filed paperwork Friday to withdraw Pence's name from the governor's race.

The attorneys arrived at the Secretary of State's office about an hour before the deadline to file, and within half an hour of Donald Trump announcing on Twitter that Pence would be his running mate. After Thursday's attack in France, Trump postponed the press conference, originally scheduled for Friday, until Saturday.

The paperwork had to be delivered in person to the Secretary of State's Office, but did not have to be delivered by Pence.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Reps. Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita have pulled their names off the ballot and are now seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

“Now that Governor Pence has withdrawn from the ballot for governor, I am withdrawing from the ballot for Lt. Governor in order to seek the Office of Governor," Holcomb said in a statement.

WTHR caught up with Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg at the Indiana Black Expo Friday.

"Well, first I do want to offer congratulations to Gov. Pence, but it still doesn't change what this election's about and what we've been talking about. I'm the only candidate that's continually running for governor, not jumping around," said Gregg.

The governor arrived in New York around dinner time Thursday for Friday's now-delayed announcement, sparking speculation that Trump might have been planning a surprise. Trump himself said Thursday night that he hadn't made a "final, final decision." On Friday, he ended all the speculation with a single tweet.
 


Pence's decision will shake up the gubernatorial race in Indiana. Republicans have 30 days to file a new candidate. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, who was considered a possibility, says he's not interested. Read more here.