Mike Pence facing tough re-election after focus on social issues


By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is trying to pivot his focus from social issues to Indiana’s improving economy as he faces a difficult re-election campaign.

Under the Republican, Indiana has marched to the front lines of the nation’s culture wars. It’s a significant detour from the vision of his wildly popular predecessor, Mitch Daniels, who once called on Republicans to adopt a “truce” on social issues in order to focus on the economy.

Even some of Pence’s allies say he may have overreached.

Pence has pushed for a gay marriage ban and signed a restrictive new abortion limits into law. He also signed a religious objections law last year that drew widespread backlash from critics who say it was anti-gay.

Pollsters say that has alienated some of moderate suburban voters.