No Challengers for Pence in GOP Race for Governor

By Cara Shirley

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Congressman Mike Pence will apparently be unopposed for the Republican
nomination for governor.

The Election Commission has knocked his only opponent, Fishers
businessman Jim Wallace, off the ballot. Commissioners said he did not have enough valid signatures on his petitions from the Seventh Congressional District in Marion County.

The Wallace campaign turned those petitions in even though the Board of Voter Registration said they were short by fourteen names.

Wallace tried to convince the Commission that the Board had unfairly
discounted many of the names because it didn't have up to date addresses. Board official questioned whether even some of the valid signatures should have been accepted, because the handwriting on so many looked similar.

Wallace said he's undecided what he'll do next. "Obviously there's some flaws in the Marion County system for counting. We've identified them. We're gonna investigate our options. There's, you know, an method for judicial process here. And we're gonna take a look at what our options are. But, we're disappointed."

Wallace represented himself at the hearing, which may have been a mistake. One commission member suggested that if he'd brought in any concrete evidence, such as a person who could testify about being disqualified even though he or she was a valid voter, it could have made a difference.

Wallace is just one of many candidates being challenged today. Congressman Mike Pence was also challenged, but the challenger didn't show up, so the challenge was rejected.




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