(This is the 16th edition of our weekly power rankings of politicians most likely to be chosen as Joe Biden’s Democratic running mate in 2020.)
We’re almost there.
“I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August,” former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday of his vice presidential pick “and I promise I’ll let you know when I do.”
Biden had said back in May that he planned to make the pick in early August. But subsequent reporting suggested he might delay until right before the Democratic National Convention opened August 17 in Milwaukee.
But he now appears to be back to the original plan!
So, assuming Biden makes the pick sometime next week, these are likely my last rankings of who that pick might be. (If Biden doesn’t announce the pick next week, obviously I will have one more set of rankings next Thursday.)
A word of caution before you proceed: The veepstakes is a very tough thing to figure out because the people who actually know what’s going on aren’t talking, even as virtually everyone else is talking. Below are my best educated guesses on the likelihood of these women being named as VP by Biden. But I wouldn’t bet your mortgage on it.