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A new Rasmussen Reports national phone and online survey shows more likely voters believe if Biden is the Democrat nominee for President he should find someone other than Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

Forty-one percent of likely voters believed Biden should keep Harris as his running mate, but 45 percent think it would be better for him to select someone else.

Harris, though, does have the support of 57 percent of Democrats. But just 30 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.

Should Donald J. Trump be the Republican nominee, 16 percent said he should pick Nikki Haley as his running mate while 12 percent said it should be Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Chris Christie gets 11 percent while Vivek Ramaswamy receives 10 percent. Others such as Kari Lake (8 percent), Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (4 percent), Mike Lindell (2 percent) and Harmeet Dhillon (2 percent) register in single digits.

Among Republicans, DeSantis is the top choice for vice president, with 23 percent. Haley has 18 percent while Ramaswamy and Lake record 13 and 11 percent respectively.

Democrats favor Christie (16 percent) and Haley (15 percent) as Trump’s running mate. Unaffiliated voters support Haley (17 percent) and Ramaswamy (11 percent) and Christie (11 percent).

It is extremely unlikely DeSantis would be Trump’s running mate due to the Twelfth Amendment, which requires one of the candidates must be someone who is not from the same state as the elector.

Both DeSantis and Trump list Florida as their home state. This means the Republican ticket would potentially not receive Florida’s electoral votes.

In 2000, George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney as his running mate. Though Cheney had been living, voting and paying taxes in Texas for five years, he obtained a Wyoming driver’s license and put his Dallas home for sale shortly before the election. He also had a vacation home in Wyoming, which allowed him to claim Wyoming residency.


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