If events over this weekend are any indication, Joe Biden’s campaign has narrowed down its VP search to two possible candidates.
According to a report from the New York Post, recent events suggest Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are the two top contenders for the position of Biden’s running mate.
An audition in Texas?
The Texas Democratic Party’s state convention wrapped up this weekend, but some big names were noticeably absent.
Indeed, these state conventions are often used as a way to meter how much support possible VP candidates will receive — but among the top contenders for Biden’s VP spot, only Harris and Warren appeared at the event, according to the Post.
That has at least one Democrat strategist thinking Biden has narrowed down his list considerably.
“These things don’t happen by accident,” Brad Bannon told the Post. “I think those two are getting an audition in Texas.”
Who will Joe choose?
Of course, it remains unclear if these are the only two Biden is considering — and if so, it’s unclear whom of the pair he would choose — but both Warren and Harris have been speaking out recently to make the case for systemic change in the wake of the highly controversial death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police late last month.
Warren is perceived as the more progressive candidate of these two, which would help draw in more Bernie Sanders supporters — something Hillary Clinton failed to do in 2016. The Massachusetts senator would also help Biden in some key battleground states.
But some say Warren has a disadvantage; many have called for Biden to choose a woman of color as his VP — and recent events have only fanned the flames.
Still, Harris, who is black, was not very well received during the primary, and she was out of the race almost as soon as the real voting started to take place.
What’s more, there is no clear benefit in battleground states to having her on the ticket, and it may, in fact, hurt Biden — particularly in light of the California senator’s brutal attack on Biden during one of the first Democratic primary debates.
Only time will tell who Biden ultimately chooses, but one thing is for certain: when it comes to taking on President Donald Trump, the Democrats have their work cut out for them.