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 December 3, 2023

List of Donald Trump's most likely VP candidates narrowing

As the Republican primary season continues on, and former President Donald Trump continues to dominate the polls, it's safe to say he'll likely be the nominee. 

With Trump all but a lock for the Republican nomination, many are trying to figure out who will be Trump's vice president.

Media outlets have already begun to speculate who's most likely to not only make Trump's VP shortlist, but also who could ultimately end up on the ticket.

The Hill recently devised a list of the most likely VP candidates and where they rank. The names on the list did not come as surprises, as they're all known Trump allies and strong candidates for the job.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is a strong candidate for the job, especially given her consistent loyalty and support for the former president. She also already endorsed him, and the fact that she's female is a strong advantage for Trump.

The Hill noted:

She passes the loyalty test, which is key for Trump: She’s already endorsed him in the 2024 race. The 52-year-old’s gender and relative youth would also bring balance to the ticket alongside 77-year-old Trump.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is another likely female candidate who aligns closely with Trump's vision for his second term in office.

The Hill noted:

Stefanik, 39, had long been considered a rising star in the Republican Party before she became one of the most loyal Trump supporters in the House and rose up the House GOP leadership ranks.

Rounding out the female candidates is none other than Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R), who has been a strong Trump ally and is well-liked by female voters. She also happens to be his former press secretary, who defended him daily against media attacks.

The Hill added:

She left the administration on good terms and has since built her own political brand in becoming the first woman to serve as governor of Arkansas. Sanders delivered the GOP response to President Biden’s State of the Union earlier this year, and she endorsed Trump last month at a Miami rally, describing him as “my former boss, my friend, and everybody’s favorite president."

Trump could also benefit from running with a Black candidate to shore up support from the Black voting community, which means Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) could be a potential pick.

The Hill noted:

Scott, 58, is well-respected in the Senate, and his presidential candidacy featured few direct attacks against Trump. The former president in turn notably held his fire against Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) is also well-liked among the MAGA base, and has proven to be a solid Trump ally in Congress who could help Trump with capturing a larger Black vote.

Only time will tell who Trump selects, but they'd better be prepared for an absolute media onslaught.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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