With Donald Trump gaining steam to be the Republican presidential nominee, many are wondering who might be his choice for vice president.
Now, a brand-new national poll from Morning Consult has been released, and the name at the top of the list to be Trump’s running mate among Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters is retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
Carson collects 11 percent support in the survey, followed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas at nine percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at eight percent.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who endorsed Trump after dropping out of the race last week, also has eight percent backing to be Trump’s VP pick in the poll.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has four percent support, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received two percent.
Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, each got 1 percent, along with Joe Scarborough, a former U.S. representative from Florida who is now the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
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It’s not just political figures making the survey.
Businessman Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, was selected by two percent in the survey.
Five percent said they would pick someone else, and a whopping 38 percent said they did not know who Trump’s VP pick should be, or they had no opinion.
Meanwhile on the Democratic side, the question was asked concerning who should be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
The big winner is her primary challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who collects 26 percent, followed by Joe Biden, the current vice president, at 10 percent.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was third in line at seven percent, followed by former Maryland governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker at three percent.
Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former Virginia governor and presidential candidate Jim Webb each received two percent.
Three percent of Democrats opted for someone else, and 40 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.
The poll by Morning Consult sampled 2,002 registered voters on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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