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VEEPSTAKES 2016: A LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL VICE PRESIDENTIAL PICKS FOR DONALD TRUMP AND HILLARY CLINTON. ABC News is tracking all the developments in this year's "veepstakes" -- the selection of running mates by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The list represents potential vice presidential picks for both candidates. It is not exhaustive, but instead, captures what we consider to be the "top tier" of possible choices based on ABC News’ reporting and analysis. The ABC News Political Unit will update the list -- adding and subtracting names -- as reporting and news developments warrant. Here's a look at ABC's 2016 veepstakes list:


VOTERS WHO CHOOSE TRUMP MAY STILL NOT LIKE HIM, POLL SHOWS. Voting for Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean you’re completely on board, according to a new analysis of data from this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll. With presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton garnering the lowest favorability ratings of major candidates in recent times, some voters say they are choosing to hold their noses and pull the lever in the ballot boxes. ABC’s RYAN STRUYK reports, less than half of people who support Trump or Clinton say they are “very comfortable” with the idea of their candidate as president. But the poll shows that a significant block of Trump supporters harbor a unique reluctance and hesitancy, despite their plans to back him.

IS THE GOP BREAKING UP OVER TRUMP? The decisions by a number of well-known Republicans to buck the party because of Donald Trump's likely ascension to the top of the ticket could be seen as an effort to help rebuild the party, some experts say. Longtime conservative and political columnist George Will said he recently changed his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated. Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, a Republican who served under President George W. Bush, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post why a Trump presidency would be bad for the country, declaring that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton this fall. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY notes the "never Trump" movement gathered steam during the primaries, and there are some elected officials who say they support the idea. The recent announcements by party elders could signal a larger rebuke of Trump's campaign.

MEET THE MAN WHO WILL MAKE SURE TRUMP OR CLINTON CAN GOVERN ON DAY 1. Max Stier won’t say whom he’s voting for, but his job is all about putting the next president in the White House. Stier, along with his colleague David Eagles, head up the non-profit Center for Presidential Transition, and have been working closely with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns to ensure the candidates and the outgoing president successfully manage the critical transition of power. Complete with a floor plan of the mock Romney White House, Stier walked ABC News through the importance of the process, offering some insight as to where both campaigns stand in the process before it goes into full swing following the July conventions. ABC’s KATHERINE FAULDERS and ALEXANDER MALLIN note Trump announced Chris Christie as his transition chairman in early May, Hillary Clinton still has yet to announce hers, nor has her campaign staff offered any insight on their process.


MEET TWO TRANSGENDER WOMEN WHO WON PRIMARIES. Two women named Misty won primary races Tuesday night but the similarities between them don't stop there. Both Misty Snow, who won the Democratic Senate primary in Utah, and Misty Plowright, who won a Democratic congressional primary in Colorado, are transgender. They were inspired to launch their inaugural political campaigns in part by Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential run. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY has more.


@ABCPolitics: New @ABC News/WaPo poll: 2/3 are confident in an effective response against the Zika virus:

@seungminkim: Oh. In 2002, Trump backed Jeff Sessions' Democratic opponent (h/t @heatherscope)

@bethreinhard: No grand long-awaited pivot, but Trump blurring positions on key issues and campaign tactics from the primary.

@TPM: Rowdy crowds at Trump rallies leave cities with large security bills

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