Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided not to run for the presidency in 2016, according to a spokeswoman. He’s opting to run for reelection as Indiana’s governor, instead.
The Republican governor said Monday that he would run for a second term next year, which he will likely officially announce at the Indiana Republican Party’s Spring Dinner next month. Indiana law disallows candidates from running for two offices on the same ballot — and a legislative effort to allow Pence to run both for the White House and governor hasn’t gone anywhere.
Pence may have his hands full with his reelection bid, and some national critics have gone after him for his socially conservative views:
The 2016 gubernatorial election may be a rematch of the close 2012 race between Pence and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, who has already declared his candidacy. Former Indiana Democratic Gov. Evan Bayh, who also served two terms in the Senate, said he won’t run in 2016.
Indiana GOP chairman Jeff Cardwell praised Pence’s decision to run for reelection in a statement Monday. “Gov. Mike Pence is a conservative leader and dedicated public servant who always puts Indiana first. … We are excited the governor will formally announce his plans to seek reelection during our annual Spring Dinner,” he said.