Former Coats Staffer Withdraws From Indiana Senate Race

Holcomb, former chief of staff to Coats, above, is no longer running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three days after Indiana's filing deadline, Eric Holcomb, former chief of staff to Sen. Dan Coats, withdrew from the race to replace his former boss in the Senate.  

Holcomb filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State's office at 11:33 a.m. Monday to withdraw his name as a candidate. The deadline to withdrawn was noon.  

Holcomb raised just $60,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter — a poor showing for any Senate candidate but particularly daunting when his two challengers, Rep. Marlin Stutzman and Rep. Todd Young, have raised significantly more.  

A close adviser to former Gov. Mitch Daniels, Holcomb, a Navy veteran, was elected chairman of the state party in 2011. He resigned from Coat's office  in 2015 after taking a leave of absence while weighing whether to run.  

Coats is retiring at the end of this term.  

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