Published: Fri, July 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

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Multiple news outlets reported Thursday afternoon that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will name the IN governor as his running mate, ending weeks of rabid speculation-much of it engineered by Trump himself-as to whom he would pick for his ticket.

Meanwhile, CBS News reported that Marc Lotter - Pence's deputy campaign manager - boarded a flight Thursday from Indianapolis to New York City, which is Trump's home base.

The other leading contenders for the Republican running mate are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

"It's no secret I'm a big fan of Mike Pence's", Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and tepid supporter of Trump told the New York Times. His staff has not released details of any other planned appearances on Thursday.

Governor Pence is seeking re-election in Indiana.

A Republican familiar with Pence's thinking said the paperwork has been drawn up for him to take that step. His schedule put him at a distance from many of his closest advisers, including Manafort and his three oldest children.

Trump had planned to hold his first event with his yet-to-be-named running mate Friday morning in NY.

Pence, Ernst told Politico, is "so well-rounded, served as a governor and I think he's a great conservative".

Pence, 57, is a steady, staunch conservative who would help calm nervous Republican wary of Trump's impulsive style.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has not yet publicly said he will seek the office, is thought to be a frontrunner.

The Indianapolis Star reported at 1:51 p.m. Thursday that Pence had dropped his gubernatorial re-election and will be asked to be Trump's running mate.

The Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday, July 18, in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in IN to become Donald Trump's running mate". The Indiana governor signed the 2015 "religious freedom" law which, according to critics, effectively allows businesses to ban LGBT customers under the guise of "religious freedom".

"I don't know if he's going to be your governor or your vice president".

A Republican close to Pence said Trump's campaign is preparing to announce the IN governor's selection, but that a last-minute change of heart was still possible. The Times cautioned, however, that "the party's mercurial presidential candidate may still backtrack on his apparent choice".

Gingrich, 73, is something of a rabble-rouser who has spent decades in Washington. Christie looks too much like a man servant when he stands next to Trump and Gingrich's intelligence dwarfs that of Trump.

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