The IndyStar, the hometown paper of record for Mike Pence‘s state of Indiana, is reporting that their Governor has been selected by Donald Trump to be the Republican party’s Vice Presidential pick.
“Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump’s running mate,” writes Tony Cook, James Briggs, and Chelsea Schneider.
The Governor has been long rumored to be one of Trump’s final choices for the Veepstakes, alongside New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.
Although a campaign spokesperson has indicated that an official decision has not yet been made, Trump this week said that his final announcement will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. Pence was otherwise up for re-election in Indiana, in what has shaken out to be a tight race against Democratic challenger John Gregg.
On Tuesday of this week, the GOP’s presumptive nominee campaigned in Indiana alongside Pence, a well-liked conservative from the rank and file wing of the party who previously endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz during the primaries. He also criticized Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, calling the suggestion, “offensive and unconstitutional.”
Pence has spoken favorably about Trump in recent months however, comparing the real estate mogul to party icon Ronald Reagan repeatedly as the possibility of a VP coronation has become reality.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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