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Trump to pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as vice president

15 July 2016

Advisers to Donald Trump's campaign have told Republican officials he has picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate, two Republican sources said, but Trump officials said he had not yet made a final decision.

Roll Call writes that "In addition to testing the men's chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence's calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor".

Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016.

Trump, who spent Thursday morning fundraising in California, has said he will officially announce his decision Friday in New York City.

The Indianapolis Star has confirmed that Pence will be dropping out of Indiana's gubernatorial race to run with Trump.

No matter who he picks as his running mate, Donald Trump wasn't destined to win the hearts and minds of anyone in the tech industry.

Also, in a Google search of Mike Pence, he is called by a derogatory term (which will not be repeated as its source is in question). Sensing an opportunity in a state that's been trending red lately, Democrats re-recruited businessman John Gregg, who has described himself as a "gun-totin, ' Bible-quotin, ' Southern Indiana Democrat".

Trump took notice of Pence during the IN primary, noting that the governor had high praise for him despite endorsing one of his rivals.

Pence adds some political backbone to Trump's presidential bid, which hasn't exactly been the most disciplined campaign. Is this a sign that the IN governor will be giving the vice presidential speech?

He also met with a fourth potential No. 2, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, 69, of Alabama, who has been one of Trump's closest advisers. The New York Times and CBS were among those reporting that Mr Pence was Mr Trump's top pick. Critics view Pence as wooden and slow on his feet, and his missteps on the religious freedom bill did him no favors in dispelling that image. Pence made a decision to stay in IN and run for governor, where he eeked out a win against Gregg. Pence has spoken out against same-sex marriage, and liberal women's groups are excoriating him over his recent tightening of abortion laws in Indiana.

Between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday, 1,905 additional news articles referencing "Mike Pence" appeared online as Google searches for the name jumped almost eight-fold, according to Google Trends, the company's public data tracking report.