While the nation has been holding it's collective breath to hear who former President Donald Trump will choose for his running mate in the 2024 presidential election, a few clues have been dropped to give an indication.
According to a recent report by CBS News, not only will the former president NOT choose former Vice President Mike Pence, his previous running mate, there are a number of worthy choices available.
For Trump, his dedicated supporters are likely locked in, and whoever he shares the ticket with would most greatly assist the former president in picking up a demographic where Trump is currently weak.
Depending on what polling data someone consults, this could come in the form of those who consider Trump too conservative, too white, or too male. The ideal candidate would likely pick up one or multiple of those groups in largish numbers.
During an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Trump was asked about a running mate. He stated that he will not disclose his candidate "for awhile."
His stated goal is to find a candidate who is "able to be a good president." He informed Bartiromo that he has been in touch with several individuals, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
"I know who it's going to be," he had stated in January on his possible running partner, but he had withheld further information.
Trump is anticipated to adhere to the standard practice of other contenders by delaying the announcement of a running mate until the official summer nominating conventions.
According to Trump campaign insiders, they have suggested that he wait to announce the nomination until the convention in order to heighten the tension and give himself more power over the other contenders.
Those in Trump's inner circle who have discussed possible candidates for the position have been seen frequently with the former president while he was campaigning.
Among Trump's most ardent supporters is Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. When Trump declared his third run for president, she was among the first lawmakers to back him, and she is the number four Republican in the House.
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is another contender. When asked about his role as Trump's vice president during his presidential campaign, the senator from South Carolina avoided answering.
He betrayed his fellow South Carolinians and former governor Nikki Haley, who had appointed him to a vacant U.S. Senate seat, by endorsing Trump right before the New Hampshire primary, and he withdrew his presidential candidacy in November.