Eric Holcomb drops out of Senate race to replace Dan Coats
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 8, 2016) – The race to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Dan Coats just got a little smaller.
Eric Holcomb dropped out of the race Monday after filing a form with Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
“I am writing to inform you that I am no longer a candidate for the United States Senate and that I do not wish for my name to appear as such on the 2016 Republican Primary Ballot,” Holcomb wrote in a letter dated Feb. 8.
Holcomb’s decision to exit the race leaves congressmen Todd Young and Marlin Stutzman on the ballot for the May Republican primary. Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill is currently running unopposed for the Democratic Party.
Holcomb issued the following statement Monday afternoon:
“Today I withdrew my name as a candidate for the United States Senate as Janet and I believe we have been called to serve our beloved state in a different capacity. It has been a tremendous honor to serve Hoosiers as a member of the staffs of Governor Mitch Daniels, Senator Dan Coats and as Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
“Janet and I are grateful for the tremendous support we received from all over the State of Indiana during our campaign. With more people working today than ever before in our state’s history and record investments in transportation and education, I couldn’t be more excited for all that Hoosiers have accomplished and I look forward to announcing soon how I will serve our state in the years to come.”
Senator Dan Coats released the following statement regarding Holcomb’s announcement today:
“Throughout his career, Eric Holcomb has served our state and country with distinction in a variety of roles. Eric is a consistent conservative whose experience and leadership skills have helped make Indiana the model of success it is today. In whatever role is next for Eric, I am confident that he will continue to serve Hoosiers effectively and be a strong asset for our state.”