By Super Tuesday, pretty much everything will be wrapped up on the Democratic side of the nomination. Sanders will likely win only states with large white working class populations, in places like Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Oklahoma. With wins in big delegate states like Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee, Clinton will have essentially locked up the nomination. Add to that the fact that Clinton already holds a more than 400 superdelegate lead over Sanders (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/democratic_delegate_count.html
), you begin to wonder if he even had a chance to win.
With this in mind, here's a hypothetical list of potential Clinton VP candidates:
1. Terry McAuliffe - the Governor of Virginia hails from a swing state and has an extremely close relationship to Clinton, with a sizable number of McAuliffe Staffers on her campaign.
2. Tom Vilsack - the Secretary of Agriculture has a very very low national presence, but hails from a swing state (Iowa) and has had a close relationship to Clinton for decades.
3. Time Kaine or Mark Warner - both are Senators from Virginia, which is being called a must-win purple state with an increasingly large suburban, Asian-American, and collegiate voting population. Both are also considered Democratic moderates, which may aid Clinton in the GE after being driven to the left by Sanders.
4. Elizabeth Warren - although some political pundits have called it a risky step to create an all female-ticket for the White House, Warren would energize the democratic and progressive base that Sander's has been tapping into for the GE.
5. Julian Castro - the secretary of HUD has been rising to fame since his 2012 Democratic Convention speech, and is considered the logical pick if Rubio gets the GOP nomination as a way to win the latino vote.
6. Tulsi Gabbard - the Hindu-American Congresswoman from Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District may no longer be an option after her shock resignation from the DNC and endorsement of Bernie Sanders. However, if Rubio picks Governor Nikki Haley as his VP choice then she's back in the running to court the Asian-American vote.
7. Cory Booker - the senator from New Jersey is considered to be the eventual heir to Barack Obama as a future Democratic Presidential Contender, and is modeling his rhetoric and message like Obama's Hope and Change campaign of 2008. Clinton could use him to help energize the African American vote to turn up on election night at the same levels they did for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
8. Deval Patrick - the former governor of Massachusetts has considerable experience and ties to the first Clinton administration. Although he's been floated around as a possible Supreme Court pick by Obama, he may serve a better role in winning over a blue working class state like Massachusetts from Trump.
9. Jim Webb - another Virginia politician, he could help bring military leadership and centrism back into the Clinton campaign, which could help appeal to moderates.
10. Wendy Davis - the Democratic State Senator from Texas holds some of the risks that Elizabeth Warren does, but has the added benefit of being an elected (and extremely popular) official in Texas. You may remember her from a few years back as the person who led the charge to block several restrictive abortion laws in the state, a fight she ultimately lost. Some have said she would be a sure fire way to win greater support in red states, while also rounding off Clinton's rough perception among women.
11. Bernie Sanders - don't see this happening, but its always a possibility to keep working class and blue collar voters jumping to support Trump.
12. Jay Nixon - the extremely popular Democratic governor of Missouri could help propel a wave of Southern Democrat victories and restore trust to a candidate who all but lacks it in the public eye. He's won 6 statewide elections in a row, and could help Clinton get in the White House with midwestern state wins.
I'll post a list of potential Republican VP picks after Super Tuesday and the field likely narrows to Rubio and Trump.