GOP’s Eric Holcomb low profile in month since replacing Mike Pence

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb talks about being named to replace Gov. Mike Pence as the Republican candidate for governor following his withdrawal to become Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate as Rep. Susan Brooks, center, R-Ind., and Rep. Todd Rokita, right, R-Ind., look on during an announcement in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It has been nearly a month since Indiana Republican leaders picked a new candidate for governor, but most voters could be excused if they don’t know much about him yet.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb replaced Mike Pence on the November ballot after Pence dropped his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate.

Those weeks have passed without Holcomb airing television advertisements or holding many campaign events to introduce himself to voters across the state against Democratic candidate John Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker who narrowly lost to Pence four years ago.

A Holcomb spokesman says the campaign is following its plan and having fundraising success.

Ball State political analyst Joseph Losco says Holcomb must become better known with fewer than 80 days before Election Day.

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