Veepstakes: Betting Odds On Trump’s Choice For Vice President

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Veepstakes: Betting Odds On Trump’s Choice For Vice President
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Republican Donald Trump confirmed this week that a handful of names mentioned at a town hall are on his short list of vice presidential running mates.

Although several candidates are in the presidential race, the Nov. 5 general election is expected to pit President Joe Biden, a Democrat, against former President Trump, according to recent polling.

Biden’s running mate is current Vice President Kamala Harris, but Trump has not publicly identified his choice, though he said in January he knows who it’s going to be.

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During the town hall in Greenville, South Carolina, Trump, asked about a running mate, made special mention of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, pointing him out on the front row.

"A lot of people are talking about that gentleman right over there," Trump said during the Fox News town hall moderated by Laura Ingram, who hosts ”The Ingraham Angle” on the network.

Trump said Scott, who sought this year’s GOP nomination before recently dropping out, has been a bigger proponent for Trump than he was for himself.

Trump confirmed that other names are on his short list.

Those include Vivek Ramaswamy and Ron DeSantis, who were GOP primary candidates until dropping out earlier this year. Others on the Trump-confirmed short list are South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Florida, and former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who had been a Democrat but now is an independent.

According to a Reuters news story, one unnamed Trump ally said the former president “is looking for loyalty and deference in a running mate.”

"Remember whose name is on the side of the plane," the ally said.

Odds For Potential Running Mates complied a list of names that have cropped up as possible Trump running mates. The list includes those mentioned at the town hall in South Carolina this week and other people who have been discussed.

The analysis is based upon hints from Trump, popularity within the party and ability to appeal to swing-state undecided voters in the general election. Depending on how long Trump takes to make an announcement, the odds could change leading up to the Republican National Convention, set for July 15-18 in Milwaukee.

Below are the current odds projected by  

  • U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina +150
  • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem +300
  • U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida +450
  • Vivek Ramaswamy +600
  • U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York +800
  • Former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard +800
  • U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio +950
  • Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders +1000
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson +2000
  • Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake +3000
  • U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia +6000
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis +10000
  • Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. +15000
  • Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley +50000

Projected odds set by are not currently available at legal sports betting sites in the U.S.