Rise of the running mate: Once consigned to political graveyard, now they’re the heir apparent

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Donald Trump is set to make what recent history has shown could be the single most important decision of his run – the running mate

While a Trump win would make him the oldest president ever, his advanced age is not why the pick is important. Nor is it due to its potential to turn the election – as we’ve repeatedly seen throughout history, the choice of VP has little-to-no impact on an election. 

No, the difference is that the vice president has an incredible lead for any future presidential nomination.

Some of the contenders to be former President Trump’s running mate are Ohio Sen. JD Vance, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. (Getty Images)

Starting with Richard Nixon in 1960 and excluding Kamala Harris, eight of the last 13 vice presidents went on to win their party’s nomination for the presidency.

AMERICA’S WORST EX-PRESIDENTS: WOULD THESE 4 MEN BE ON YOUR LIST?

Only the disgraced Spiro Agnew; the unelected Nelson Rockefeller, who died before the next election; the long-ridiculed Dan Quayle; the health-challenged Dick Cheney, and Mike Pence, who lost to Trump himself, did not manage

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