Ex-Pence Assistant Gets GOP Nod To Run For Secretary Of State

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan failed to win the Republican Party nomination for the fall election, losing Saturday to a challenger who has called for more voting restrictions and embracing former President Donald Trump’s lie that the election of 2020 were stolen .

GOP delegates nominated Diego Morales, who worked in the governor’s office when Mike Pence ran the state. He overcame criticism over twice leaving Secretary of State jobs after being unsubscribed for poor job performance.

Morales defeated Sullivan and another candidate to win a majority of the vote in a second round of voting.

The Secretary of State oversees state-wide election policies, which are led by provincial officials.

Morales has called for the state’s 28-day early voting period to be halved, requiring new voters to prove their US citizenship when registering, and creating an “election tax force” to investigate “shenanigans.”

Sullivan, a former Evansville state legislator, was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Eric Holcomb in March 2021 after Connie Lawson stepped down after nine years to focus on her health and family.

In November, Morales will face Destiny Scott Wells, an Indianapolis attorney and Army intelligence officer, who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Libertarian candidate Jeff Maurer is also on the ballot.

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