VP Pence's brother wins Republican primary for Indiana congressional seat

Elias Hubbard
May 9, 2018

Greg Pence, the oldest brother of Vice President Mike Pence, won the Republican primary on Tuesday for the Indiana House seat once held by his more famous sibling, successfully leveraging his family name into prodigious fund-raising and ample votes that make him a heavy favorite to win the seat in November.

Pence, 61, is a Marine veteran and proprietor of two vintage malls. He once ran a now-bankrupt chain of Tobacco Road convenience stores.

Mike Pence was first elected to signify the sixth District in 2000. "This victory is thanks to you, the many Hoosiers who have helped build this campaign from the ground up and voted for us". He defeated four other contenders, including businessman Jonathan Lamb. Pence had raised $1.2 million and spent almost $1 million as of mid-April, making it the most expensive race among Indiana's congressional districts.

He aims to replace Republican congressman Luke Messer, who on Tuesday lost his own bid to win Indiana's bitterly contested Republican Senate primary.

Lamb, 36, criticized his opponent for counting on the Pence title and dodging debates.

Should he prevail as expected in November's mid-term elections in the conservative in district that his brother represented for a decade, the political novice Pence will provide President Donald Trump's administration with a valuable personal ally in the House of Representatives.

In the meantime, Pence has mentioned his household title is a "good title" and that he prefers assembly voters as an alternative of debating. He has mentioned he would deal with points reminiscent of infrastructure, veterans' affairs, fixing the immigration system and well being care. "I like what they stand for - what I would call Christian values".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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