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10:03 p.m. update

GOP’s Pence wins election as Indiana governor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Mike Pence will be Indiana's next governor after a victory that helps extend his party's control of the Statehouse.

Pence defeated Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham Tuesday after a campaign in which he started as the better-known candidate and had a strong fundraising advantage.

Pence has been in Congress for the past 12 years, gaining national prominence as a social conservative. But he focused his campaign on economic issues and brushed off attacks that he'll push contentious social issues.

He will succeed Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is barred by state law from seeking a third term.

Republicans entered Tuesday's election holding strong majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly and all the elected state government offices.

9:15 p.m. update

Just reelected, Attorney General Greg Zeller took the stage at Lucas Oil at around 9 p.m. and thanked his opponent and Hoosier voters.

"I'll be proud to serve again as attorney general," he said.   Indiana still faces challenges, Zeller said, although Gov. Mitch Daniels has prepared Indiana for greatness.

Zeller's speech ended after about three minutes, and silence and anticipation returned, as did the TV feed, though this time it's the NBC feed.

 

8:50 p.m. update

Todd Rokita takes the stage. Says he's proud to be a Hoosier Republican because of the accomplishments of Mitch Daniels and those in attendance.

 

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