The “veepstakes” are heating up.
With the Democrats’ August convention less than a month away, focus is increasingly turning to whom presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden will pick as his running mate.
The former vice president this week told MSNBC that four Black women are on his shortlist, though he didn’t guarantee a Black woman would be his running mate. “Black women have supported me my whole career,” Biden told the network. “I have been loyal, and they have been loyal to me — and so it’s important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America.”
Sen. Kamala Harris of California — who battled Biden for the nomination — currently tops betting markets, followed by former national security adviser Susan Rice and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. Rep. Karen Bass of California ranks fourth, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is currently in fifth place. Harris, Rice and Bass are Black. Another Black woman, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, is behind Warren in sixth.
Biden has said that he hopes to name his running mate around Aug. 1, and that his pick will be a woman.
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Here is a list of possible picks for Biden, derived from recent analyses by CNNas well as the PredictIt betting market. While not intended to be fully comprehensive, the table below reflects many of the frequently discussed candidates.