Indiana gubernatorial election, 2016

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Indiana gubernatorial election, 2016

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  Governor Eric Holcomb 2018 State of the State Address (cropped).jpg John Gregg 2015.jpg
Nominee Eric Holcomb John R. Gregg
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Suzanne Crouch Christina Hale
Popular vote 1,397,396 1,235,503
Percentage 51.4% 45.4%

Indiana Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County Results

Holcomb:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Gregg:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Mike Pence
Republican

Elected Governor

Eric Holcomb
Republican

The 2016 Indiana gubernatorial election was held November 8, 2016, to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as elections to the United States Senate and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The primaries were held on May 3, 2016. Republican Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb won the race with 51.4% of the vote.

Incumbent Republican Governor Mike Pence was running for reelection to a second term in office until July 15, 2016, when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump selected Pence as his vice presidential running mate.[1] As Pence was barred by Indiana law from simultaneously running for both offices, he subsequently withdrew from the gubernatorial election.[2] Pence went on to become Vice-President of the United States. He was replaced on the ballot for Governor by his former running mate, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, who was selected by the Indiana Republican State Committee as the nominee on July 26, 2016.[3] Holcomb later selected State Auditor Suzanne Crouch on August 1, 2016, to be his running mate as the nomination for Lieutenant Governor was made vacant by the decision of Holcomb to seek the gubernatorial nomination; she was confirmed at a subsequent meeting of the Indiana Republican State Committee later that day.[3][4]

John Gregg, the former Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, was the Democratic nominee. Gregg previously ran for Governor in 2012, but was defeated by Pence.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence 815,699 100.00%
Total votes 815,699 100.00%

Republican State Committee selection[edit]

On July 15, 2016, Donald Trump announced that Pence would be his running mate as vice president in the 2016 presidential election. Under Indiana law, Pence was unable to run for both governor and vice president simultaneously; he therefore withdrew from the gubernatorial election, creating a vacancy on the Republican ticket. On July 26, the chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, Jeff Cardwell, announced that Eric Holcomb had been nominated by the Indiana Republican State Committee to replace Pence on the ballot for Governor. The vote totals were not released. Holcomb later selected Suzanne Crouch on August 1, 2016, to be his running mate as the nomination for Lieutenant Governor was made vacant by the decision of Holcomb to seek the gubernatorial nomination; she was then confirmed by the Committee at a meeting later that day.[3][4]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

John Gregg
Politicians
Organizations

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John R. Gregg 547,375 100.00
Total votes 547,375 100.00

Libertarian Party convention[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Rex Bell, businessman[27]
  • Jim Wallace[27]

Nominated[edit]

  • Rex Bell, businessman[27]
    • Running mate: Karl Tatgenhorst

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Eric
Holcomb (R)
John
Gregg (D)
Rex
Bell (L)
Undecided
SurveyMonkey November 1–7, 2016 1,700 ± 4.6% 47% 49% 4%
SurveyMonkey Oct 31–Nov 6, 2016 1,383 ± 4.6% 46% 49% 5%
WTHR/Howey November 1–3, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 42% 42% 5% 11%
SurveyMonkey Oct 28–Nov 3, 2016 923 ± 4.6% 47% 47% 6%
SurveyMonkey Oct 27–Nov 2, 2016 790 ± 4.6% 48% 47% 5%
Gravis Marketing Oct 30–Nov 1, 2016 399 ± 4.9% 38% 42% 4% 16%
SurveyMonkey Oct 26–Nov 1, 2016 638 ± 4.6% 49% 47% 4%
SurveyMonkey October 25–31, 2016 674 ± 4.6% 47% 48% 5%
Monmouth University October 27–30, 2016 402 ± 4.9% 42% 48% 4% 5%
Gravis Marketing October 22–24, 2016 596 ± 2.3% 38% 42% 4% 16%
Ball State University (PSRAI) October 10–16, 2016 544 ± 4.8% 43% 48%
Monmouth University October 11–13, 2016 402 ± 4.9% 38% 50% 4% 7%
BK Strategies October 11–13, 2016 800 ± 3.5% 42% 42% 3% 13%
WTHR/Howey October 3–5, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 39% 41% 5% 15%
WTHR/Howey September 6–8, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 35% 40% 6% 19%
Monmouth University August 13–16, 2016 403 ± 4.9% 42% 41% 4% 13%
Expedition Strategies August 1–3, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 39% 46% 6% 9%
The Tarrance Group July 20–21, 2016 503 ± 4.4% 34% 42% 24%
  • → Internal poll conducted for Eric Holcomb
  • ↑ Internal poll conducted for John Gregg
with Mike Pence
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Pence (R)
John
Gregg (D)
Other Undecided
Bellwether Research May 11–15, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 40% 36% 24%
WTHR/Howey April 18–21, 2016 500 ± 4.3% 49% 45% 1% 5%
Bellwether Research May 29–June 3, 2015 800 ± 3.5% 40% 41% 19%
Bellwether Research April 12–14, 2015 607 ± 4.0% 43% 37% 21%
GQR Research April 7–9, 2015 500 ± 4.4% 47% 47% 6%
with Susan Brooks
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Susan
Brooks (R)
John
Gregg (D)
Other Undecided
The Tarrance Group July 20–21, 2016 503 ± 4.4% 36% 41% 23%
with Todd Rokita
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Todd
Rokita (R)
John
Gregg (D)
Other Undecided
The Tarrance Group July 20–21, 2016 503 ± 4.4% 36% 41% 23%
Public Opinion Strategies July 16–18, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 45% 43% 12%
with Baron Hill
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Pence (R)
Baron
Hill (D)
Undecided
Bellwether Research April 12–14, 2015 607 ± 4% 43% 36% 21%
with Glenda Ritz
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Pence (R)
Glenda
Ritz (D)
Other Undecided
Bellwether Research May 29–June 3, 2015 800 ± 3.5% 42% 42% 16%
Bellwether Research April 12–14, 2015 607 ± 4% 42% 39% 18%

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Results[edit]

Holcomb won with 51.4% of the votes, Gregg taking 45.4%, and Libertarian Rex Bell finishing with 3.2%.[28]

2016 Indiana gubernatorial election [29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Eric Holcomb / Suzanne Crouch 1,397,396 51.38 +1.71%
Democratic John R. Gregg / Christina Hale 1,235,503 45.42 -1.04%
Libertarian Rex Bell / Karl (K-Tat) Tatgenhorst 87,025 3.20 -0.75%
Write-in Jack Adam Adkins 41 0
Write-in Christopher Stried 3 0
Plurality 161,893 5.96 +2.76%
Total votes 2,719,968 100
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites (Archived)