Vice President Tammy Baldwin?

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin waving to a crowd
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    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.

    Marquette Law School poll rankings of favorability of Sen. Tammy Baldwin, courtesy of Charles Franklin.
    Marquette Law School poll rankings of favorability of Sen. Tammy Baldwin, courtesy of Charles Franklin.
    Director Marquette Law School Poll
    Charles Franklin
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    “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.

    Franklin sums it up: “So proven election winning, popular in the party and some unexpected regional strength in rural Wisconsin.”

    The full list from WaPo’s designation ranked as most likely to less likely is: 

    1. Sen. Kamala Harris, California
    2. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
    3. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
    4. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts
    5. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
    6. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada 
    7. Rep. Val Demings, Florida
    8. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois  
    9. State legislator Stacey Abrams, Georgia
    10. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico 
    11. Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor for Pres. Obama
    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.