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Indiana GOP nominates Mitchell for treasurer

Kelly Mitchell easily won the third and final ballot for the Indiana Republican Party nomination for state treasurer on Saturday.

Mitchell, an aide to term-limited Treasurer Richard Mourdock, received 860 votes to 497 for Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold during the GOP state convention at Fort Wayne's Grand Wayne Center.

Seybold had led Mitchell by seven votes in a three-candidate race on the first ballot. Mitchell took a 76-vote lead on the second ballot in which Don Bates again finished third and was eliminated from the contest.

Bates' supporters obviously backed Mitchell during the last round of voting.

The number of delegates voting declined from 1,498 on the first ballot to 1,357 on the third ballot.

Mitchell, of Indianapolis, will face Democrat Mike Boland of Fishers in the November general election.

bfrancisco@jg.net

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