Indiana Governor Headlines Bill Cole Fundraiser

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is headlining a Charleston fundraiser for Republican Bill Cole’s campaign for governor.

Cole campaign spokesman Kent Gates says the fundraiser will take place Tuesday at the Embassy Suites.

Cole, the state Senate president, faces Democratic billionaire businessman Jim Justice in a competitive race.

Pence is locked in another of the toughest governor’s races in the country. He faces former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.

Last year, Pence approved a religious objections bill that drew swift backlash from business. He later signed a different version scaling it back.

Tourism group Visit Indy said Indiana might have lost $60 million when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis because of the law.

West Virginia considered, then killed, a similar bill this year.