Donald Trump is keeping his potential running mate for the 2024 election under wraps, but insiders suggest that he is looking for someone who is loyal, charismatic, and ideologically aligned with him. He is likely to choose a running mate from three categories: women, conservatives of color, or a trusted adviser.
Trump’s team has not formally discussed narrowing down the pool of potential candidates, but they have outlined the characteristics that will be considered. These include how well the candidate presents themselves, TV-readiness, and loyalty.
Although no names have been publicly announced, the Washington Examiner has identified four Republican women who could be high on Trump’s shortlist: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, New York Representative Elise Stefanik, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and former Arizona journalist Kari Lake.
Trump’s lead pollster in 2016 and 2020, Tony Fabrizio, suggests that Trump will be looking to balance the ticket based on gender, race, and ethnicity. However, many hope that Trump will avoid including former Phoenix-area news anchor Kari Lake, who lost her Trump-endorsed 2022 gubernatorial bid against Democrat Katie Hobbs.