Pence family reunion waits out results in New York

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was in New York with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday to learn whether voters across the United States wanted them to lead the country for the next four years.

Pence, 57, the Indiana governor and Columbus native, had plenty of family support in tow as he waited to learn the outcome.

About 16 members of his family — including his wife, Karen; mother Nancy Pence Fritsch, all five siblings (Gregory, Edward, Thomas, Annie and Mary) and other close relatives — were at the Hilton Midtown hotel in Manhattan, where Trump’s campaign was stationed for Election Night.

Sister-in-law Denise Pence said the scene in early evening was a lot of hustle and bustle. Streets were blocked off around the hotel, many TV news trucks were parked nearby, a lot of people hung around outside the hotel and the Secret Service had a large presence.

After some of the siblings ate dinner together, family members watched election results in their rooms until about 7:30 p.m. and then headed down to the ballroom to continue watching results, Denise Pence said.

They watched to see if Mike Pence, who served six terms in Congress and then one term as Indiana’s governor, could make the step to the White House.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.