Pence campaign gives cash boost to GOP governor candidate

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb responds to questions after carrying paperwork into the Indiana Secretary of State's office in Indianapolis. Friday, July 15, 2016, to remove his name from the ballot for re-election. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb has received his first big infusion of campaign cash.

A state disclosure report filed Wednesday shows that Gov. Mike Pence’s state campaign committee gave nearly $1.25 million to Holcomb.

The money is important as Holcomb must quickly ramp up a statewide campaign against Democratic candidate John Gregg with the November election just about three months away.

Holcomb had expected a boost from Pence’s $7 million campaign fund, but transferring that money has been complicated by federal rules that now apply to Pence since he is Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee.

Gregg had about $5.8 million in campaign money at the end of June and has kept raising money and running television commercials while Republicans spent three weeks reshuffling their gubernatorial ticket.

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