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John Gregg Reconsiders Another Run For Governor In 2016

Indiana governor candidate Democrat John Gregg speaks during a debate with Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham in Zionsville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg is gathering information about a possible second run for the governor’s office, more than a year after he said he would not be a candidate in 2016.

Gregg was the Democrat nominee for governor in 2012 where he lost to Mike Pence in the General Election.

Gregg won 46 percent of the vote in 2012 compared to Pence’s 49 percent.

Gregg says he went to Washington, D.C., as a guest of the Democratic Governors Association where he spoke to multiple people about the possibility of running again. 

He says he is taking a “hard look” at a possible 2016 run.

“We’ll be gathering some data and more information and we’ll come to a conclusion sooner rather than later,” he says. “I can’t say exactly when.”

Gregg admits it would be an uphill battle, citing the fact that Democrats have never defeated an incumbent governor since Indiana first allowed governors to serve consecutive terms in 1972.

The former House speaker announced in October 2013 he would not run in 2016, saying he wanted to clear the way for other potential candidates to step up. So far, no Democrats have stepped into the forefront.

Democratic leaders have expressed a desire for someone to take up the mantle.

We need a clear statewide leader,” House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said in an interview with reporters last week. “I want somebody to look at that goal and tackle it.”

The Republican side of thing could still change dramatically, though.

Gov. Mike Pence has expressed interest in running for president. If he does, he would not be able to run for governor at the same time, opening up the field for Republican candidates.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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