(left to right) Mike Pence, John Gregg, and Rupert Boneham
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – This Election Day, Indiana will elect a new governor for the first time in eight years.
Mitch Daniels, first elected in 2004 and again in 2008, is term-limited. Three men seeking to claim the governor’s office are Republican congressman Mike Pence, Democrat former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.
Pence – the favorite according to most pre-election polls – will cast his ballot in his hometown of Columbus before heading to Indianapolis to watch election results come in Tuesday evening with other Republicans at Lucas Oil Stadium. He has sounded confident.
"By the time the polls close tomorrow, I hope to lead this state," Pence said Monday.
Gregg will vote in Sandborn, Indiana. He’ll also head to Indianapolis to greet voters through the day before awaiting election night totals with other state Democrats at the Indianapolis Marriott Hotel.
"I ask people to look beyond the party labels because Indiana has a tendency to be more of a red state, so I ask people to look beyond the slogans and the rhetoric and see who has delivered the results and see who has had real life experience," Gregg told reporters in Jeffersonville during a Monday morning campaign stop.
If Pence is elected he may not have a difficult time accomplishing his agenda. The Indiana Senate is owned by a Republican supermajority. In the House, Republicans have held a 60-40 member advantage the past two years. They hope to gain seven more seats through the election to establish a supermajority of their own.
Gregg has promoted himself as a bi-partisan candidate willing to work across the aisle. Such a strategy would need to be used to help his ideas through the legislature.
Republicans will try to retain southeast Indiana’s two House seats. Incumbent Republican Randy Frye of Greensburg attempts to stave off a challenge from Aurora Democrat Tom Cheek in House District 67. As part of constitutionally required redistricting, the district’s lines have been redrawn to include all or portions of Dearborn, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties.
In District 68 – now encompassing all or parts of Dearborn, Franklin, and Union counties – fellow Republican Jud McMillin of Brookville tries for re-election against Sunman’s Jake Hoog.
Eagle 99.3 will have live on-air and online election results this evening from Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties. Coverage begins at 7:00.