Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will likely launch a bid for higher office after the November elections, according to several House Republicans.
Pence won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, intensifying speculation that the third-ranking House Republican has bigger aspirations than serving in the lower chamber.
Still, some believe Pence is more likely to try to become the next governor of Indiana instead of seeking to win the 2012 presidential primary.
With the state’s popular governor, Mitch Daniels (R), term-limited, Pence would have a clear opportunity to run for his party’s nomination. Daniels, meanwhile, is mulling a presidential bid.