Wisconsin’s Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is high on the list of the Washington Post’s 11 most logical vice-presidential picks for presumptive-nominee Joe Biden.
The Post’s Aaron Blake ranks Baldwin at number five.
Three of the top four picks ranking higher than Baldwin were presidential candidates themselves, who exited the race. Biden has made it known that his choice for a vice-presidential running mate will be a woman.
Blake cites Baldwin’s standing as a senator from a “true” battleground state — one of just a few on the list with that ranking. (Also making the list — and the one non-former presidential candidate who ranks higher than Baldwin — is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at number three.
The story cites Baldwin’s popularity with voters in her purple state: “Two years after Trump’s narrow win in her state, she won reelection by 11 points in 2018.”
And it notes her bio: “Baldwin has served as a senator from Wisconsin since 2012, when she became the first openly gay person ever elected to the Senate.”
Count pollster Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, as not surprised Baldwin is on this list. He says the “simple answer” is that “she just won reelection by 11 points and is very popular with Dems.” Taking a deeper look into her favorability rankings from his extensive past polling, he says she ranks as just a bit above an even split in her balance between favorable and unfavorable ratings.
“But she has been steady in that, with no big swings either way since 2012,” says Franklin. ” I’d add she beat the most popular governor in an open seat race in 2012 as well as having a large margin in 2018.”
But she is popular across the state, not just in the Democratic strongholds of Madison and Milwaukee, faring well in La Crosse, Wausau and in the western area in the Twin Cities and Duluth/Superior television markets.
The full list from WaPo’s designation ranked as most likely to less likely is:
- Sen. Kamala Harris, California
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada
- Rep. Val Demings, Florida
- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois
- State legislator Stacey Abrams, Georgia
- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
- Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor for Pres. Obama