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AP: Gov. Eric Holcomb wins reelection

Posted at 7:12 PM, Nov 03, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb has won reelection in Indiana, the Associated Press has called.

The Republican beat challengers Dr. Woody Myers and Donald Rainwater Tuesday to secure his second term as governor.

Holcomb’s first term focused on his five pillars: economy, infrastructure, workforce, drug epidemic, government service.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Holcomb instituted a stay-at-home order, then brought the state out in five phases. But he’s faced calls in recent weeks to return to earlier phase as Indiana’s hospitalization rates and positive percentage have skyrocketed.

Myers, the Democratic opponent, struggled to raise money throughout his campaign. Myers ran on his experience as the former commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

Rainwater, the Libertarian, tried to capitalize on the more conservative wing of Republicans who viewed Holcomb’s stay-at-home orders to be too strict.

But Holcomb began his reelection race in the lead, and polling throughout 2020 showed he never really came close to relinquishing it.