INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
State Sen. Karen Tallian ended her campaign for governor Monday, leaving
John Gregg the only Democrat remaining in the race.
lawmaker made the decision after Gregg was endorsed Monday by the AFL-CIO, a
coalition of labor unions. The United Steelworkers union endorsed Gregg on
and financial support from organized labor, Tallian had little chance of
successfully competing against Gregg, she told The (Munster) Times.
"I’ve got no
choice,” Tallian said. “I can’t fight all of that.”
makes Gregg, a former Indiana House speaker, the likely 2016 Democratic
nominee for governor and creates a probable rematch of the 2012 election in
which Republican Gov. Mike Pence beat Gregg by 3 percentage points.
A third Democrat,
Glenda Ritz, ended her gubernatorial campaign Aug. 7 to run for a second
term as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.
Gregg issued a
statement lauding Tallian as “a true champion for working Hoosiers” and
saying he looks forward “to standing with her in the years ahead to improve
our schools, rebuild our infrastructure and create an economy that works for
Tallian raised just
$23,751 in campaign funds during the first half of the year, with most of it
coming from her Senate campaign fund. Meanwhile, Gregg raised $1.7 million
during the same six-month period, including many large donations from state
and national labor groups. Pence has $4.2 million in his campaign fund.
Senate term does not expire until 2018, said she isn’t considering an
immediate run for another state office. She said she has not discussed with
Gregg the possibility of becoming his lieutenant governor running mate.
her campaign for governor in May 10, promising to be the progressive voice
in the Democratic race.