Eric Holcomb wins Indiana governor’s race

Democrat John Gregg, Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb high five while participating in a debate for Indiana governor at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Slitz, Pool)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Election Day 2016 in Indiana (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Republican Eric Holcomb has won the Indiana governor’s race, a little more than three months after replacing Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the GOP nominee.

Holcomb was little known around the state when he became the Republican candidate in July, about five months after Pence appointed the former state GOP chairman as lieutenant governor.

Holcomb defeated Democrat John Gregg, who narrowly lost the 2012 gubernatorial race to Pence.

Gregg’s campaign aimed to link Holcomb to controversies during Pence’s term such as Indiana’s 2015 religious-objections law that sparked a national uproar from gay-rights supporters.

Holcomb touted the state’s improved fiscal condition under Republican governors the past 12 years. Holcomb largely avoided mentioning Pence’s name, instead citing his time as a top aide to Pence’s popular predecessor, Mitch Daniels.

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