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K Street leaders think Tim Scott will be Trump’s running mate

A majority of K Street leaders — 54% — believe Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will be former President Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024, according to our latest survey of downtowners.

Scott ran his own brief presidential campaign before dropping out and endorsing Trump. The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, Scott is seen as a rising star in GOP politics.

A Scott VP pick would indicate Trump is aiming to appeal to as many Black voters as possible at a time when some are souring on President Joe Biden’s performance.

Trump has a long list of possible contenders to pick from based on the number of MAGA loyalists who’ve been sending all the right signals in recent months.

South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem is seen by K Street leaders as Trump’s second-most likely running mate, according to the survey conducted March 4-22 in partnership with independent public affairs firm, LSG.

House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik came in third in our survey of top lobbyists.

Respondents placed Arkansas GOP Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) in the fourth and fifth places respectively.

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— Max Cohen

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