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Who Will Be Clinton’s VP Running Mate?

With Hillary Clinton holding a nearly unsurpassable lead in the race for her party’s presidential nomination, some Democrats are turning their attention to identifying contenders for the vice-presidential spot on the ticket.

The Hill noted that traditionally, nominees choose running mates who contrast with them in terms of their age and the region of the country they call home. Another strategy is picking a vice-presidential contender who represents a different faction of the party than the presidential hopeful. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to balance tickets regarding race and gender.

Political pundits say, Julian Castro, the 41-year-old secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, is a possible fit for Clinton in 2016. As a young Latino from Texas, he reflects different parts of the electorate than the former secretary of state.

According to The Hill, others under consideration include current Vice President Joe Biden, who recently decided to stay out of the presidential race; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the Senate’s progressive wing; and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, the Obama administration’s Department of Agriculture secretary.

Democrats want their ticket to inspire a large number of people to vote because Republicans usually win when the turnout is low. There is more at stake than the battle for the White House, as Democrats are hoping to recapture control of the Senate and shrink the GOP’s majority in the House.

Photo: The Atlantic

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