(CNN) - CNN has projected Republican Congressman Mike Pence as winning the race for governor in Indiana, beating the Democratic competitor, John Gregg.
Pence, having already served six terms as a member of the House of Representatives, mulled a 2012 presidential bid but opted instead to run for governor to replace term-limited Republican incumbent Mitch Daniels. His defeated opponent John Gregg is the former Indiana House speaker.
Pence's win was thought as likely. Years in Congress and on the Sunday talk show circuit, as well as his brief foray in near-presidential politics, gave him a relatively high profile for a state candidate. Indiana is also a Republican-friendly state with Republicans controlling the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and a majority of U.S. House seats.