INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Rep. Mike Pence appears ready to announce he's running for governor of Indiana.
The conservative member of Congress and tea party favorite, who said earlier this week he's made up his mind about the campaign, has scheduled a conference call with supporters for Thursday to formally announce whether he'll seek the state's top office next year.
Pence's campaign committee sent an email Wednesday, apparently by accident, that included a "Mike for Indiana" graphic in blue and yellow. While the email did not include any text, it was the latest sign that Pence — who has not run for statewide office before — will get into the race.
"We're pretty confident, pretty certain he is in," said Monica Boyer, an Indiana tea party activist invited to attend Thursday's conference call.
Pence, 51, has widely been expected to run for governor since ruling out a White House bid and resigning the No. 3 slot in the House Republican leadership after winning a sixth term in November.