INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Mike Pence defeated his opponents to become Indiana's 50th governor Tuesday.
With 69 percent of precincts reporting, Pence had 51 percent of the votes. His Democratic opponent John Gregg received 45 percent, while Libertarian Rupert Boneham took 4 percent.
Pence most recently served as the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 6th District. Before that, he served the state's 2nd District.
Pence enjoyed a double-digit lead over Gregg in the months leading up to the election, but the margin was narrowed to as little as 7 percent after Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's controversial remarks about rape and abortion during a U.S. Senate debate.
Pence faced criticism from his opponents for his attendance record when Gregg claimed in the first gubernatorial debate that Pence had missed more than 80 percent of the votes during his time in the house.
Pence's opponents also picked on his failure to back the auto-rescue measure and his support of current Gov. Mitch Daniels' "Right to Work" law.
Pence's campaign hinged on his "Road Map for Indiana," which laid out plans for jobs and education in the state.
Pence will succeed Daniels, who's leaving office after eight years.