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Pence Can Go Home Again

The vice president’s influence is still apparent in Indiana.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks to reporters before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, August 10, 2017, (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Ally Mutnick
Aug. 11, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

Mike Pence’s ambitions for the only office higher than his own were the focus of numerous stories over the past week. Meanwhile, his continued influence back home is shaping a few high-profile races.

Diego Morales, a former adviser during Pence’s governor years, on Thursday became the first Republican to declare for the West-Central Indiana seat Rep. Todd Rokita is leaving to run for the Senate. In his announcement, Morales touted his ties to the vice president and vowed to support his and President Trump’s “vision for a stronger America.”

On the Eastern side of the state, Greg Pence is positioning himself for a possible run at the open seat being left behind by Rep. Luke Messer and that his younger brother Mike held until being elected governor in 2012. The businessman has publicly touted the numerous phone calls he gets urging him to mount a bid.

Meanwhile, Greg Pence is one of a handful of associates of the vice president who joined Messer’s Senate campaign finance team, which Messer rolled out in June as a show of strength in his forthcoming primary against Rokita.

Ally Mutnick

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