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NEW PALESTINE — Pompons shaking and cheers abounding, Mike Pence received a warm welcome in his gubernatorial campaign stop Wednesday in New Palestine.

Pence, the Republican candidate for governor, stopped at the B&C’s Hideout restaurant for a lunchtime event.

Though Pence has a strong lead in polls in the three-way race for the seat, he said it’s still important to campaign, even in counties that are heavily Republican like Hancock County.

“I’m somebody that believes that if you’re applying for a job like this, Hoosiers want to see you, want to know you,” Pence said.

Pence faces Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham on Nov. 6.

“I think the time has come to go from reform to results,” Pence said, vowing that he will build on the success of two-term Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

He said he’s been campaigning for a year and a half, and said the economy is the No. 1 thing on Hoosiers’ minds. He said Indiana could become one of the fastest-growing state economies in America in the next five years.

“We can be known everywhere as the state that works,” he said.

About 50 people, many of them leaders in the county GOP, turned out to greet the gubernatorial hopeful.

In addition to cheering for Pence, the crowd also applauded other Republican candidates.

District 57 state Rep. Sean Eberhart was at the event. Eberhart represents the western half of Sugar Creek Township and is up for re-election, facing Democrat Todd Day and Libertarian Paul Bravard.

Luke Messer, Republican candidate for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, encouraged the crowd to vote for GOP candidates and build on the momentum of Republican campaigns.

Messer faces Democrat Brad Bookout and Libertarian Rex Bell in the race for the seat Pence is vacating in Congress. Pence says he has confidence in Messer being a “conservative voice on Capitol Hill.”

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