MAJOR New Shakeup In Trump VP Race

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According to a New York Post article, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was once thought to be a strong possibility to be former President Donald Trump’s running mate, is losing ground in the vice presidential contest and is no longer considered as a front-runner.

Scott, 58, put his presidential candidacy on hold prior to Iowa last year and promptly embraced the former president Trump. On the campaign trail, he vigorously supported Trump, especially in his own South Carolina, where the former president easily defeated former Governor Nikki Haley of Palmetto State.

Recent reports claim that Trump has reduced the number of potential vice presidential candidates to only a few, with Scott included. Senators JD Vance (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Doug Burgum (the governor of North Dakota) are among the potential contenders. Before Trump decides, which is anticipated to happen at or before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee next month, the names on the shortlist are being investigated.

However, Senator Scott is not anticipated to be Trump’s running mate, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with the New York Post.

“I think it is extremely unlikely he will be picked,” said one insider. “You go down the list of reasons to choose a VP, and he isn’t a standout or game-changer in any category.”

“His star has become less bright, for sure,” a second “well-connected” source told the outlet. “Still a top five pick — but not the strongest.” The source also suggested that Scott may not resonate with the black community in the way the campaign may have hoped.

“There are stronger options, and Tim has the potential to serve in the Cabinet, so I think he’ll still play an important role,” the source told The Post.

Scott was “still in the mix, but I suspect his biggest issue is that he’s just not very good on TV,” according to a third insider. Another source told The Post that Trump doesn’t think the choice of vice president would provide him much of an electoral advantage, which means that competitors like Scott or Rubio won’t have a big advantage over others like Burgum or Vance.

The insiders also stated that a number of “dark horse” candidates, such as Dr. Ben Carson, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, are still very much in the running.

“Trump is looking for three things,” the fourth source said. “He’s looking for who can raise money, he’s looking for who is an effective surrogate on TV with adversarial media, and he’s looking at who will do the best job debating Kamala Harris.”

“Tim Scott is in contention, but probably the least likely of the four. There hasn’t been any data or evidence pointing to either Tim Scott or Marco Rubio adding to Trump’s margins with minorities.”

The New York Post was informed by one of the former president’s campaign advisors that Trump has been raving about Scott’s advocacy work in recent weeks. Prominent bankers like Ken Griffin and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman have also brought up Scott’s name, which may have improved his reputation.

“Senator Scott is a respected leader and very strong supporter of President Trump,” said Trump senior adviser Brian Hughes. “Any speculation of the likelihood of the Senator or any other possible choice is inaccurate because anyone claiming to know who or when President Trump will choose his VP is lying, unless the person is named Donald J. Trump.”

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