IndyStar says Pence will be Trump's running mate

The Indianapolis Star is reporting it has confirmed Donald Trump will name Indiana Governor Mike Pence his running mate on Friday.

The IndyStar says Governor Pence has dropped his re-election bid.

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St. Joseph County Republican Party Chairman Roy Saenz says the local GOP is thrilled about the decision.

“Mike Pence would do a phenomenal job as Vice President. If you're a Hoosier right now, you've got to be really excited," said Saenz.

St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow says the decision could be detrimental to republicans in the race for governor.

“I think it’s devastating here to his party in the state. Whoever the republican candidate is has essentially three months to get their name out there and raise enough funds to get their message out there to the voters and I think they’re facing an uphill climb," said Critchlow.

Dr. Deb Fleming is a St. Joseph County Commissioner and is on the state committee that will help choose the new republican candidate.

“It’s exceptionally rare, it’s my understanding that this is the first time that this has ever happened in our state. The pressure is going to be on us to select the right candidate and that’s a lot of pressure," said Fleming.

The committee will have 30 days from the time Pence officially drops out of the race to choose a new candidate.

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