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Gregg, Pence vie for Indiana Governor's seat

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Indiana Republican Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence Monday night, November 5, 2012 in Jeffersonville. Indiana Republican Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence Monday night, November 5, 2012 in Jeffersonville.
Indiana Democrat Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Monday afternoon, November 5, 2012 in Louisville. Indiana Democrat Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Monday afternoon, November 5, 2012 in Louisville.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - One of the big races in the Hoosier state will decide who will lead Indiana for the next four years.

Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence is vying for the state's top job, along with Democrat John Gregg, who is a former speaker of the Indiana House.

The candidates have been very busy campaigning most of the state over the weekend and especially Monday.

Pence started his Monday morning in Mishawaka, Indiana, which is near South Bend in the northern part of the state.

Gregg, who is from Vincennes, spent much of his day in the southern part of the state.

Both gubernatorial candidates were optimistic on election eve.

"It's a marathon and we knew that when we entered it and I think we've already pulled ahead," Gregg said.

"We're very encouraged, but we're going to continue to work hard until the polls close tomorrow at 6:00 to help earn the right to help lead this state as Governor," Pence said.

Gregg is from Vinceness and is a former Indiana House Speaker.

"I'm the only candidate that's running for Governor that's had experience in business, education and state government," Gregg said.

Despite some jabs from Gregg, Pence didn't sling mud.

"We focused our campaign completely on laying out a positive agenda for Indiana's future and now with less than 24 hours to go in this election, we're going to stay on the high road," Pence said.

A lot of attention is turning to the Senate race in the Hoosier state for two reasons.

Longtime Republican Senator Richard Lugar was beat by Richard Mourdock in a stunning upset.

Then, Mourdock made a comment about rape during a debate that put him in the national spotlight.

We asked -- or attempted to ask -- both Gregg and Pence about the senate race.

"That primary shook up a lot of Republicans, the Lugar Republicans who were like oh my land what's happened here and they just feel like the party's left them," Gregg said.

We tried to ask Pence the same question, but even before the question was asked, his campaign worker rushed him off and Pence made no attempt to answer the question.

"By the time the polls close tomorrow, I hope to lead this state," Pence said.

Reporter Matt McCutcheon then started to ask, "My last question to you, how do you think that the Senator's race will impact the Governor's race?"

Pence was rushed away even before the reporter's full question was asked, as a campaign worker immediately started to chant, "We got to get him out, we got to get him out, we got to go sorry," she said.

"Ready to go," Pence asked the worker. "We've got to get wheels up," she said.

Pence and Gregg have both had a busy campaign agenda. It isn't clear where the Pence campaign was in a rush to get to Monday evening.


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