Updated: Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010, 8:07 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP/WANE) -- - Voters in Indiana's 6th District have re-elected Republican Rep. Mike Pence to Congress.
Pence is the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House and spent much of the fall campaign season outside the district supporting other GOP candidates across Indiana and the country. His victory in
Tuesday's election gives him a sixth term in Congress.
Pence easily defeated Democrat Barry Welsh, a United Methodist minister from Connersville who has lost three straight challenges to Pence.
Earlier on Tuesday, NewsChannel 15 reported the following in regards to Pence's political future:
NewsChannel 15 political analyst and Republican Allen County Recorder John McGauley says Congressman Mike Pence will run for Indiana governor in 2012.
McGauley said that information came straight from people who work for Pence .
"He's running for governor. He's laying the groundwork with all these bus tours that he's doing; supporting legislative candidates [in Indiana]. And he's even out there right now recruiting county coordinators for a governor's race," said McGauley.
When NewsChannel 15 double-checked to make sure McGauley was getting his information from Pence staffers, McGauley said, "Absolutely."
No one on Pence's staff has been willing to officially confirm a run for governor. In fact, the top official under Pence denied McGauley's claims to NewsChannel 15.
Pence's chief of staff, Bill Smith, said Tuesday that the congressman hasn't decided what he'll do in the future and also denied that there's been any effort to recruit county coordinators or any other positions for a future campaign.
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