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Pence Withdraws As Gov Candidate After Trump Confirms VP Choice


Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday morning that he has picked Mike Pence as his running mate, and an aide formally withdrew the Indiana governor as a candidate for re-election to his current office.

“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my vice Presidential running mate,” Trump tweeted shortly before 10 AM Central Time.

Trump added that he will hold a news conference about his vice-presidential choice on Saturday morning.

Trump had originally planned to announce his running mate on Friday. But he delayed the announcement because of the attacks in Nice, France, late Thursday.

A few minutes after Trump confirmed Pence as his running mate, an aide for the Indiana governor filed paperwork to withdraw his name as a gubernatorial candidate with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office.

The first-term Republican governor was seeking re-election, but Indiana law bars him from running for that office and also appearing on the ballot as a candidate for vice president.

Pence had already flown to New York before Trump announced the postponement.