The real GOP race: Donald Trump's VP

Nikki Haley? Tucker Carlson? The race for the No. 2 slot is on.

A Trump sign with Vice President Mike Pence's name removed
Trump's hypothetical VP pick will need to work to "deftly respond to constant controversies" while managing "the relationship with Trump himself"
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Forget New Hampshire. The race for the GOP presidential nomination is all but over. The real action? Figuring out who will be Donald Trump's nominee for vice president.

Republicans are "buzzing with speculation about potential running mates," Axios reported. Mike Pence — the original Trump veep — is obviously off the list after their relationship broke during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But plenty of names are being tossed around, including Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) and Nikki Haley, who just happens to be running against Trump for the nomination. One rule: "Unconditional loyalty to Trump a top priority for any potential running mate."

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