New polling indicates Republican nominee Donald Trump is comfortably leading the competition in the home state of his running mate, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana.
On Aug. 17, the latest survey conducted by Monmouth University found that Trump leads in Indiana by 11 percentage points, besting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 47 to 36 percent, CBS News reports.
Of those polled, 10 percent say they support Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson while 5 percent remain undecided on whom they will vote for in the November election.
Indiana had gone blue in 2008 for President Barack Obama but shifted red four years later, when the incumbent president lost the state to Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
Independent respondents in Indiana gave Trump a slight edge, with 38 percent supporting the GOP nominee while 34 percent supported Clinton.
Pence received a 60 percent job approval rating from Indiana voters, with 35 percent disapproving of his job performance.
Charles Murray, the director of the polling institute, noted that Pence’s popularity reflected in the poll likely has contributed to Trump’s strong lead in the state, Indy Star reports.
“Pence is likely boosting the GOP ticket’s prospects here, as Indiana voters really don’t like either of the two presidential nominees,” Murray said.
The governor’s afterglow might not be enough to help Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb become his successor. In the Indiana gubernatorial race to replace Pence, Holcomb only has a razor-thin lead over former Democratic Speaker of the Indiana House John Gregg of 42 to 41 percent.
Meanwhile, former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana has a solid lead in the race to capture the Indiana Senate seat from Republican Rep. Todd Young of Indiana. Currently, Bayh leads Young with 48 to 41 percent.
Bayh had retired from the senate in 2012, but a victory for him come November could be crucial for the Democratic Party’s efforts to recapture the U.S. Senate.
While Trump leads Clinton in Indiana, the former secretary of state has large leads in several crucial swing states.
On Aug. 17, the latest Quinnipiac University poll found that Clinton currently leads Trump by 12 percentage points in Virginia, 10 percentage points in Colorado and 3 percentage points in Iowa.