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Get to know the women vying to be Joe Biden's VP pick
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Get to know the women vying to be Joe Biden's VP pick

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As Joe Biden nears the announcement of his vice presidential choice, the top contenders and their advocates are making final appeals.

Running mates are often announced on the eve of a convention. As Biden prepares to make his choice, a committee established to vet running mates has provided him with briefing materials. Biden will likely soon begin one-on-one conversations with those under consideration, which could be the most consequential part of the process for a presidential candidate who values personal connections.

Biden has pledged to select a woman and is facing calls to choose the first Black woman to compete on a presidential ticket.

The leading contenders include California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. However, and the campaign has reviewed nearly a dozen possible running mates.

Here's a look at a recent ranking of contenders by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large.

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