For months, Pence has been widely expected to seek the Republican nomination for governor, with speculation turning to virtual certainty in January when he announced he would not run for president.
Pence, a 51-year-old attorney and former talk-show host who has been in Congress since 2000, sent an email Wednesday to supporters to invite them to join his conference call. And it contained a tantalizing clue about what he’d say: a “Mike Pence for Indiana” campaign logo.
He had planned to announce his candidacy Monday but held off because attention that day was not on politics but on the death of Osama bin Laden. Pence told reporters that his wife, Karen, and their children had made a final decision Sunday.
“My heart’s desire is to continue to serve Indiana in some capacity, whether that’s in the Congress or as a candidate for governor,” he said then.
Pence will be seeking to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in office.
Pence is considered the favorite.