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Trump set to announce VP candidate next week — and here are the front-runners

Donald Trump's final decision on his 2024 vice presidential nominee is between North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), insiders told The Washington Post.

Barring a last-minute upset, sources say, Burgum, 67, and Vance, 39, are the GOP favorites for the vice presidency, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) still a shot outside.

Other picks, such as Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, were ruled out because their chances of being selected are slim — one source going to the point of saying “no” “one way or another.” Trump, 78, will exploit Carson.

“Honestly, it wouldn’t make any sense,” a source said.

Burgum and Vance have long been seen as the leading contenders for Trump's number two job, but the 45th president and his campaign have been careful not to slip away from them.

Jason Miller, Trump's senior adviser on the 2024 agenda, told Fox News on Monday that the selection would be announced "this time next Monday," the first day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

A source close to Trump gave a slight edge to Burgum being the 45th vice presidential candidate, saying the odds of North Dakota being selected are 50-50 and Vance has a 30% chance, Rubio and the peloton each having 10%. chance. an opportunity.

Another source close to the Trump campaign said the choice "was going to be JD, Marco or Burgum" and that they didn't "see a scenario where one of those three didn't end up getting it."

“I would give Burgum and JD a little more edge over Marco,” the source added, keeping in mind that “Marco still has a chance” and “Burgum and JD have an equal chance.”

A GOP strategist also bet on Burgum and Vance.

“JD because that’s what Don Jr. and Trump’s inner orbit seem to be pushing,” this person said. “Donors are putting pressure on Burgum to stabilize. »

Trump generally likes to keep the public and even his aides guessing on hiring decisions, and the current selection process was widely believed to be riddled with false leaks to fuel speculation and intrigue, mirroring the last-minute antics surrounding his selection in 2016 from the governor of Indiana. .Mike Trump. Cents.

There is evidence to suggest that each of the top three candidates will receive approval next week. Rubio was scheduled to attend Trump's rally in Doral, Florida, on Tuesday evening, and changed his schedule at the last minute to ensure his attendance.

Trump is holding another rally Saturday in western Pennsylvania, which could give him a prime opportunity to announce the selection of Vance, who represents the neighboring state of Ohio.

However, the presumptive GOP nominee could make the announcement anywhere — and however he wants — whether at a late-night campaign event or in a morning article on Truth Social.

“Who, when and where will decide for President Trump,” campaign spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez told The Post on Monday.

All three leading vice presidential candidates have been strong supporters of Trump throughout his re-election campaign and participated in post-debate activities against CNN on June 27 in Atlanta.

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