The Indiana Republican party is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into alleged fraud in the 2008 Indiana Democratic Primary.
"To the extent of my knowledge, it's hard to find another example of hundreds or a pattern of this magnitude ever happening in the state of Indiana," Holcomb said.
Former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan has said that a signature that appeared on Obama's petition to enter the Indiana primary is not his. The investigation by the South Bend Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana reported that more than a hundred signatures on President Obama's petition were faked. The report also stated that dozens of people whose signatures appeared on Clinton's petition have now come forward to say they never signed it.
A letter from the Indiana GOP to U.S. Attorney David Capp, of the Northern Indiana District states: "Without the allegedly fraudulent signatures, Barack Obama did not have the required 500 signatures from Indiana's 2nd Congressional District. As a consequence, under Indiana law, Barack Obama was not eligible to be on the primary ballot in 2008.
Holcomb said the GOP did not mention the Clinton campaign because it is unclear whether or not there were enough bogus signatures to take her below the 500 required in the 2nd Congressional district.
Holcomb said it appears the problems in St. Joseph County also extended to the way Obama's petition was approved.
"The Republican was out of the office on bereavement leave and her stamp, in an unlocked drawer, was used to certify these bogus signatures, so this goes deeper than just duplicating signatures and turning them in," Holcomb said.
On Friday, Indiana Democratic Chair Dan Parker released the following statement:
"We continue to fully support the investigation into this isolated incident in St. Joseph County. We want to know who committed this act, and we want that person held accountable. Like Republican Chairman Holcomb said, the focus right now needs to be on finding the person responsible in this case."