INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Republicans have their candidate for Attorney General.

The state's GOP picked current Steve Carter-aide Greg Zoeller to run in November on Monday, with 1,061 Republicans voting him over Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. Costas received 707 votes, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.

Carter, who decided not to seek a third term, had endorsed Zoeller, his top deputy.

"Indiana needs a skilled lawyer in that job," Carter has said. "He has been my one and only chief deputy, and you can trust him too."

Costas earned the endorsement of Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Zoeller worked as an aide to Dan Quayle, vice president during George Bush's administration. In 1996, Carter was nominated by the party to run for attorney general over Zoeller but lost. Carter rebounded with wins in 2000 and 2004.

Linda Pence, a prominent Indianapolis attorney, appears to have the Democratic nomination.

From Legal Newsline: Reach John O'Brien via e-mail at john@legalnewsline.com.

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