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Veepstakes

With the Democratic race for the nomination forging ahead and Mike Huckabee attempting to keep the Republican race alive, Behind the Numbers looks ahead to the next big moment in the presidential race: the veepstakes.

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll asked Democrats and Republicans whom they would most like to see paired up with their party's frontrunner. Few names beyond those the frontrunners defeated emerged, but some interesting numbers did.

On the Democratic side, 36 percent said that if Obama wins, he should choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate; 11 percent preferred John Edwards and 3 percent Bill Richardson. Al Gore and Joe Biden were each cited by 1 percent. A third had no opinion.

Women (41 percent) were much more likely than men (28 percent) to say Obama should choose Clinton. Those following the race "very closely" were also boosters of the former First Lady (40 percent said Obama should choose her, compared with a third of those following less attentively). About a third of Obama's supporters would like him to select Clinton, 14 percent said John Edwards, 28 percent had no opinion.

Other names mentioned by fewer than 1 percent of respondents included would-be party crashers Mike Bloomberg and Colin Powell, the policy-focused Sam Nunn and Anthony Zinni, and the red-state success stories Jim Webb and Kathleen Sebelius.

No Republican generates the level of support Clinton has from the Democrats; four in 10 said they had no preference. Mike Huckabee led the pack with 17 percent. About one in 10 thought McCain should choose Mitt Romney; 3 percent said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would be the best choice, 2 percent Rudy Giuliani.

Suprisingly, the white evangelical Protestants who have formed the backbone of Huckabee's campaign are not any more likely than non-evangelicals to say McCain should choose him as running mate. Huckabee's strongest support comes from conservative Republicans, 24 percent of whom said they'd like McCain to choose the former Arkansas governor.

Romney's support peaks among college educated Republicans (17 percent) and those with household incomes of $100,000 or more per year (18 percent).

Other notable names on the list: former Democratic VP candidate Joe Lieberman, cited by 2 percent; Colin Powell at 2 percent, Mike Bloomberg at 1 percent, and swing-state governors Charlie Crist (Fla.) and Tim Pawlenty (Minn.), each named by less than one percent of respondents.

Here's the full list for both parties:

Potential Obama running mates:

Q: If Obama is the Democratic nominee for president, who would you like him to choose as his vice presidential running mate? (Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents)

Hillary Clinton       36%
John Edwards          11
Bill Richardson        3
Joe Biden              1
Al Gore                1
Evan Bayh              *
Mike Bloomberg         *
Wesley Clark           *
Tom Daschle            *
Chris Dodd             *
Joe Lieberman          *
Sam Nunn               *
Colin Powell           *
Kathleen Sebelius      *
Ted Strickland         *
Jim Webb               *
Anthony Zinni          5
Other                 11
It is up to him        5
No opinion            34


Potential McCain running mates:

Q: If McCain is the Republican nominee for president, who would you like him to choose as his vice presidential running mate? (Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents)

Mike Huckabee         17%
Mitt Romney           11
Condoleezza Rice       3
Rudy Giuliani          2
Joe Lieberman          2
Colin Powell           2
Fred Thompson          2
Mike Bloomberg         1
Mark Sanford           1
Charlie Crist          *
Chuck Hagel            *
Kay Bailey Hutchison   *
Tim Pawlenty           *
Other                 11
It is up to him        3
No opinion            43

More from the Post-ABC poll can be found here.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  March 4, 2008; 4:56 PM ET
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Posted by: Persona8 | March 4, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Whoops... looks like your poll assumed that Obama would sweep tonight, so why bother to ask anyone who they thought Hillary should pick if she happens to end up with the nomination...

Posted by: texas_voter | March 5, 2008 4:13 AM | Report abuse

My only advice to Sen Obama is to decline the VP position when the party gives this thing to Hillary. Just look what happened to Al Gore. He was so dirtied by the Clinton Adm he never stood a chance against a professional politician like George W. Bush. I think Obama should politely decline, continue doing his good works in the Senate, and come back in 8 years and tell the American people, "I told you so."

Posted by: Kristi from Indiana | March 6, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

When Obama wins the nomination he should definitely NOT pick Clinton as VP.She would work agaist him behind closed doors and try to undermine him at every turn.
If the superdelegates pick Clinton to run even though she is in 2nd place..turn out the lights folks..it's all over..the GOP wins. Why? Because millions of voters will refuse to vote for Clinton or McCain.

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Posted by: votenic | March 13, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain should NOT choose Huckabee. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Romney is the best choice, especially with the possible economic crisis on the horizon.

Posted by: justinw | March 26, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is blowing a great opportunity to demonstrate that women are better at math. Mathematically, she can't win. What does it say to girls everywhere who aspire to be like her? At some point, she has to be the unifier, instead of ripping the party apart before we even get to the big dance.

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Posted by: radiocboy | April 11, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to be VP for McCain? She has proven to be a wonderful leader and is likely to garner th votes of some women and perhaps some inuits.

Posted by: Sam | May 6, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama is better off choosing a running mate from a swing state. My favorites: Sen. Jim Webb (VA), fmr. Rep. Tim Roemer (IN), Gov. Ted Strickland (OH), and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (KS). Hillary would just be better off maybe bidding for the Senate Majority Leader post or perhaps moving upstate to Albany and running for governor in 2010.

Posted by: Jason | May 10, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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