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John Gregg ends campaign with bipartisan appeal

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Latest on campaigning and voters ahead of Tuesday’s general election (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb is visiting campaign offices around the state to energize his get-out-the-vote operation.

The Republican candidate for governor says he will “take no vote for granted and leave no stone unturned” ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Holcomb has never been elected to public office. Gov. Mike Pence appointed him in March after Holcomb’s predecessor stepped down.

Holcomb was selected to replace Pence on the ballot after the Republican governor abandoned his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

Holcomb says the state has come too far during 12 years of Republican rule in the governor’s office to “do a U-turn.”

He says Republican’s turned the state around after years of Democrat mismanagement.

His opponent John Greg says Holcomb hasn’t offered any substantive policy ideas of his own.

2:30 p.m.

The Indiana Democratic Party says a glitch in its voter mobilization text-messaging system sent hundreds of voters the wrong polling places for Tuesday’s election.

Party spokesman Drew Anderson says “a data-match error” resulted in texts being sent to some voters that listed their incorrect polling place.

He says the party believes less than 2,000 voters received texts that included the wrong polling location.

Anderson says the party is sending voters who received the incorrect texts a new message informing them to go to a website to confirm their polling location.

He says the party apologizes “for any inconvenience” the situation created.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Tim Horty says the Marion County Clerk’s has alerted the agency to several voters who received texts listing their incorrect polling place.

1:50 p.m.

The Democrat running for governor of Indiana is making a bipartisan appeal to voters on the day before the election.

John Gregg tells The Associated Press that Indiana residents are tired of “hyper-partisan” politics. He said he will draw from the best ideas from Democrats, Republicans and independents if elected.

Gregg also drew a contrast between himself and his Republican opponent Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Gregg says he’s traveled the state over the last two years listening to voters and has developed specific policies he wants to implement.

Gregg says Holcomb has not offered any specifics. He says “you need to have some plan, some vision” if you aspire to be governor.

Holcomb was not immediately available for an interview.

1:35 p.m.

Election officials in Indianapolis say some voters have received text messages reminding them to vote but directing them to the wrong polling place.

Marion County Clerk’s Office Deputy Director Russell Hollis says he received emails Sunday from three voters saying they received texts listing the incorrect polling place for them to vote.

And he says one person who cast an early ballot Monday at downtown Indianapolis’ City-County Building said he received one of the texts with an incorrect polling location while waiting in the early voting line.

Hollis says he forwarded the emails to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Marion County Prosecutor’s office and Indianapolis police.

He says voters can verify their polling place via the Secretary of State’s office’s website or Marion County’s website .

1:10 p.m.

The Republican running for U.S. Senate in Indiana says he doesn’t regret going on the attack in an increasingly bitter contest with Democratic candidate Evan Bayh.

U.S. Rep. Todd Young tells The Associated Press in an interview that neither side refrained from harsh attacks. He says the tactic was needed to contrast himself from Bayh, who was a popular former governor and senator of the state until he opted against running again in 2010.

Young says political races can be “difficult exercises” but he felt that his campaign drew “sharp and fair distinctions where they exist.”

Bayh entered the race to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats in July. His lead dissipated amid attack ads and news stories examining his time in the Senate. Bayh’s campaign hasn’t responded to interview requests from The Associated Press.

12:10 p.m.

State election officials say Indiana has set a new early voting record, surpassing the number cast eight years ago.

The Secretary of State’s office says that through Sunday county clerks had received nearly 711,337 absentee ballots cast in person and through other methods for Tuesday’s election.

That’s nearly 49,000 ballots more than Indiana’s previous early voting record set in the 2008 general election.

Indiana’s early voting deadline is Monday. Voters must be in line by Monday noon local time to cast early ballots.

Indiana Election Division co-director Angie Nussmeyer says the large number of early voters could relieve the pressure on Indiana’s polling places Tuesday.

But she expects “a late night” Tuesday receiving vote totals from all 92 Indiana counties because of the expected strong voter turnout for the election.

11:15 a.m.

The candidates in Indiana’s contentious races for U.S. Senate and governor are fanning out across the state in a final pitch for votes.

Those two races highlight the Indiana ballot for Tuesday’s election and recent polls have shown voters closely divided on both.

Monday’s campaigning follows several days of multiple stops around the state. Republican Todd Young was starting his day Monday with a visit to an Evansville veterans’ hall, while Democrat Evan Bayh was meeting campaign volunteers in Bloomington.

The candidates for governor are rushing around the state as well. Democrat John Gregg planned Monday stops in Fort Wayne, New Albany and Evansville. Republican Eric Holcomb’s plans include Monday events in Elkhart, West Lafayette and Indianapolis.

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