Do the oddsmakers in Vegas have a line on who Joe Biden will pick for VP?

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Berston Field House in Flint, Michigan on March 9. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

There has been a lot of talk, speculation, and punditry-predictions about who will be joining the ticket with Joe Biden for this November’s election.

The most recent focus that has dominated how and who he will choose is that his running mate will be a woman, and most likely, a woman of color.

Biden knows a good political issue when he sees it. Opposing veneration of the Confederacy is an easy one to embrace. “The names affixed to our military installations must honor the diverse heritage of leadership and sacrifice in our country’s history,” Biden told Politico. “I fully support Senator [Elizabeth] Warren’s bipartisan effort to form a commission to rename Defense Department facilities named after Confederate leaders in the next three years, and look forward to implementing the commission’s work as president.”

Likewise, picking an African American vice president now seems almost critical, and black voters say Biden should consider a black woman. They argue that Biden’s success — and that of the Democratic Party as a whole — depends on black people turning out to vote in November. They want a tangible return for their loyalty to the Democratic Party.

Dr. Gregg Murray, a longtime political analyst and a political science professor at Augusta University, said, “If you have a good understanding of what is happening now across America, social justice is an issue that cannot be overlooked. So, it would be smart for Biden to put a candidate on the ticket who is strong in that space.”

Time is of the essence as President Trump has already hit the campaign trail and odds are the Democrats are chomping at the bit to get moving on the hustings as well.

If you are a journalist covering who Biden might choose and what will help influence his decision, then get in touch today and let our experts help.

Murray, a professor of political science at Augusta University, is available to talk about the upcoming election and all aspects surrounding each campaign. Murray’s research focuses on political behavior and psychology with specific interests in voter mobilization and turnout. He is also editor-in-chief of Politics and the Life Sciences.

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