Democrat John Gregg is a gregarious and folksy former House Speaker who is in his element giving bear hugs and belly laughs on the campaign trail. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is an outspoken and articulate conservative who easily explains the ideological principles behind his policies.
The likely matchup between the two may prove more interesting than the last lopsided governor's race. In 2008, well-funded incumbent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels clobbered Democrat Jill Long Thompson, who was bruised by a bitter Democratic primary.
Gregg is promising a fun campaign focused on jobs. Pence says he wants to continue growth started under current Gov. Mitch Daniels, who cannot seek a third term.