Indiana GOP committee confirms Holcomb’s running mate choice

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, watches as state Auditor Suzanne Crouch takes question after she was confirmed as his running mate in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Holcomb was named to replace Gov. Mike Pence as the Republican candidate for governor following his withdrawal to become Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican leaders have confirmed new gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb’s pick for his running mate.

Party officials say the GOP state committee voted Monday morning to nominate state Auditor Suzanne Crouch for lieutenant governor.

Holcomb had announced Friday his selection of Crouch, who was a state legislator from Evansville and a Vanderburgh County commissioner before Gov. Mike Pence appointed her state auditor in early 2014.

The Republican committee’s vote completes the reshuffling of the November ballot caused by Pence dropping his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate.

Holcomb is the current lieutenant governor and is running against Democrat John Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012. Gregg’s running mate is state Rep. Christina Hale of Indianapolis.

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