Indiana GOP Convention Day Two Recap, Mitchell Wins Nomination (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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June 7, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 10:51 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Day two of the Indiana GOP Convention is done and over with, and the party has their platform and a new candidate for State Treasurer.

The day started with opening speeches from Senate Pro Tem David Long and Speaker Brian Bosma. The two speakers kept consistent with the theme of pushing Republican's "Fiscal Responsibility" and shying away from talking about social issues such as same-sex marriage. Treasurer of State Richard Mourdock also took the stage to tout the Republican's belief in balancing budgets and eliminating the national debt.

However, the first big story of the day was the vote on the party platform. Rumors were swirling around the convention hall that a heated debate may erupt over language regarding same-sex marriage in the party's platform. The platform passed with a sizable majority of the delegates voting in favor. However, an amendment to the platform was presented by Marion County Delegate Tom John to replace language in the platform that said that "strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society."

The amendment would have replaced that section with language that didn't explicitly exclude same-sex families and marriage. When it came time to vote on the amendment, it failed to pass. A second amendment also failed to pass.

Following the vote on the platform, Governor Mike Pence took the stage for a birthday celebration and to offer his thoughts on the state of the Indiana Republican Party. He too focused on fiscal responsibility and claimed that the Indiana Republicans have led Indiana's economy to grow.

Lastly, the Nomination for State Treasurer took up most of the days proceedings with three different votes needing to take place before a winner was decided. Voting started just after noon and lasted late into the evening. The first vote did not produce a majority winner, a second vote had to be taken which also didn't produce a winner, and then Don Bates was dropped from the ballot for the third round of voting. When the dust settled, Kelly Mitchell defeated Wayne Seybold to win the nomination.

From the tone of all the speakers from both yesterday and today, it looks as though the Indiana Republican Party will be focusing on economics in the upcoming election cycle. All the speakers shied away from the same-sex marriage debate to instead focus on fiscal policy. The tone was certainly set these past two day for what to expect from the Indiana Republican Party.

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