Eric Holcomb is Indiana's new governor

Holcomb elected as IN governor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) - The governor's race in Indiana was one of the most-watched in the country.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb defeated Democratic former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.
 
The win marks the first time Holcomb has been elected to office. It was just about five months ago that Gov. Mike Pence appointed the former state GOP chair as lieutenant governor. And then Holcomb stepped into Pence's office when Trump picked Pence to be his running mate.

Holcomb also served as an adviser to Gov. Mitch Daniels.
 
It's been an exciting night for Indiana Republicans - watching the numbers grow at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

As Holcomb took the podium to thank his supporters, he first thanked Gregg for his service. He then told Hoosiers that it's a new day and no corner of the state will be ignored as he hopes to grow the economy. He said he plans to get right to work meeting his transition team on Wednesday.

"We will focus on people, people, people," Holcomb said. "Not just people in the Holcomb/Crouch administration, I mean the people that will join in the coming weeks and will sign up to take this state to the next level with us."

Gregg also thanked supporters during his concession speech, and said he got into the race because he wanted to serve. He said that while he is disappointed, he added that there can still be good days ahead in Indiana.

Gregg lost the same race to Pence by just 3 percent of the vote back in 2012.

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