Harris, Rice, Demings Emerge as Democratic VP Favorites After Klobuchar Drops Out

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  • Harris’ VP odds improve to +125 after Klobuchar drops out of race
  • Klobuchar said presumptive nominee Biden should tap “woman of color” for VP
  • Rice, Demings, Bottoms see VP odds improve, as well

Election Day is only about four-and-a-half months away. It’s a little hard to believe considering how vividly many may remember the 2016 election. At the same time, it may feel to some as though Donald Trump has been the president for 30 years already.

Regardless, Americans will have the chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box again on November 3. Most of the drama has already been sapped from the primary process, as Joe Biden has already mathematically clinched the Democratic Party’s nomination after every single one of his rivals dropped out of the race.

Now, most of the intrigue lies with Biden’s choice to be his vice presidential nominee. While some seem to think there’s a chance Trump moves on from VP Mike Pence in order to steal some headlines, the odds of that happening are quite slim. Pence is a -1200 favorite to be next to Trump atop the Republican ticket in November, while “not Mike Pence” is listed at +700 at BetOnline.

During a debate with Bernie Sanders several months ago, Biden verbally committed to tapping a woman as his running mate. The only female vice presidential candidate in American history to this point is Sarah Palin, who was ironically part of the Republican ticket in 2008 that wound up losing to Biden and President Barack Obama.

Klobuchar Drops Out

Former Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race before Super Tuesday in an attempt to drum up additional support for Biden, announced on Thursday that she would be removing her name from VP consideration. In an interview on MSNBC, Klobuchar said, “After what I’ve seen in my state [Minnesota] and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment. I truly believe, as I told the vice president last night, that I believe that this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”

Klobuchar’s comments come in light of the burgeoning support of the Black Lives Matter movement we have seen develop around the world in light of the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police.

Klobuchar was one of several women reportedly on Biden’s shortlist, though her chances of actually earning the nod have clearly waned in recent weeks. Fellow senator Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the presidential race late last year, has been the odds-on favorite to be the pick for quite some time. The updated odds to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee are as follows (per BetOnline):

VP Candidate Odds at BetOnline
Kamala Harris +125
Susan Rice +200
Val Demings +500
Keisha Lance Bottoms +900
Elizabeth Warren +1200
Michelle Lujan Grisham +2000
Stacey Abrams +2000
Amy Klobuchar +2500
Michelle Obama +2500
Tammy Duckworth +3300
Hillary Clinton +5000
Tammy Baldwin +5000
Barack Obama +6600
Cory Booker +10000
Tulsi Gabbard +10000

Klobuchar’s comment was also seen by some as something of a dig at Elizabeth Warren, another former presidential candidate that has received VP consideration. Tapping Warren as his vice presidential running mate would help Biden attract more progressive voters, though her status as a 70-year-old white woman likely won’t help her chances at this point.

Plenty of Candidate

The four candidates with the best odds – Harris, Susan Rice, Val Demings, and Keisha Lance Bottoms – are all African-American women. Warren still has the best odds of any white candidate at +1200, but her chances have dwindled in recent days. The man with the best odds of earning the nomination is, interestingly enough, Barack Obama at +6600.

However, it’s incredibly unlikely that Biden reneges on his pledge to put a woman at the top of his ticket. Doing so would certainly give Trump even more ammo to use against Biden in advertisements or on the debate stage. Biden has risen in recent polls as Trump has continued to flounder, so avoiding giving Trump and his supporters additional fuel is obviously in Biden’s best interests.

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