July 19, 2016

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DGA Donates $500K to Gregg in Open Seat for IN-Gov

DGA Donates $500K to Gregg in Open Seat for IN-Gov

Investment comes on heels of Pence’s exit from governor’s race

Open seat leaves John Gregg in stronger position than ever 

Today, the Democratic Governors Association announced a donation of $500,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Gregg. The donation marks the DGA’s largest contribution in 2016 to date.

The investment comes less than a week after the race became an open seat for governor. Last Friday, incumbent GOP Gov. Mike Pence officially removed his name from the ballot after receiving the vice presidential nomination from Donald Trump.

 “The open-seat Indiana governor’s race is a significant pickup opportunity for Democrats this November, ” said DGA executive director Elisabeth Pearson. “John Gregg has put together a strong campaign, rolling out in-depth policy proposals and outraising Mike Pence for three of the past four filing periods. With Mike Pence gone, this race is an open seat – and whichever Republican emerges will be saddled with Pence’s baggage. We look forward to playing offense in Indiana this year.”

 The open seat race for governor leaves Gregg in stronger position than ever to win in November. Gregg, who has raised $8.6 million since launching his campaign last year, has effectively communicated his message of growing Indiana’s economy including:

Following Pence’s exit from the race, local and national news coverage also pointed to the advantage created for Gregg due to Pence’s exit:

Washington Post: In picking Mike Pence, Donald Trump may have just given Democrats a boost

“Donald Trump may have just given Democrats an edge in one of the most competitive governors’ races in the nation.” [7/14/16]

Times of Northwest Indiana: Numerous obstacles await new GOP governor nominee

“The Republican nominee for Indiana governor will have a lot of catching up to do once he or she is selected July 26 by the party’s 22-member state central committee.” 

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“As of June 30, Gregg had been running for governor for 14 months and recorded $5.83 million cash on hand in his campaign account, according to state records.” [7/18/16]

Lafayette Journal & Courier: Bangert: Political chaos follows Pence’s exit

“Zody made a case the Gregg had “a tremendous head start running in an open race” and contended that Republicans would have to answer for any misstep Pence made over the past four years.” [7/15/16]

 

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