Cook Political Report Rates INGov Race a “Tossup”

INDIANAPOLIS – What does Eric Holcomb’s “proud” embrace of Mike Pence’s failed record – one that includes RFRA and a lagging state economy – mean for Indiana’s gubernatorial race? According to the Cook Political Report, the race is now a “tossup.” Why? Hoosiers feel the state is going in the wrong direction.

“In what started as a hangover following Mike Pence’s RFRA has now turned into a full out rejection of Gov. Pence, Eric Holcomb, and their out-of-touch ideological agenda that has damaged the state’s economy and its reputations,” said Drew Anderson, communications director. “Hoosiers are fed up with Statehouse Republicans putting their priorities ahead of the hard work that’s needed to improve the well-being of Indiana. To Hoosiers, Eric Holcomb’s embrace of Mike Pence would mean a repeat of what’s caused Indiana to fall behind the rest of the nation.”

Today’s analysis is further proof that Mike Pence’s out-of-touch ideology is having long-term damage to his credibility as governor – and that of his hand-picked successor, Eric Holcomb. In May, a Bellwether Research Poll found that only 40% of Hoosiers approved of Mike Pence’s job performance. Further, this rating now joins GOVERNING Magazine’s “tossup” from January – citing Pence’s RFRA as having lasting damage to his campaign. And finally, both analyses followed a poll released byWISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey last November that showed a 15 point drop in Mike Pence’s approval rating.

Needless to say, Mike Pence’s failed record as governor has caused the Statehouse GOP to spiral out of control, and Hoosiers are dissatisfied now more than ever. In fact, they want to go a new direction because the Pence-Holcomb ideology is just not getting the job done for them.

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