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Every state likes hearing that one of its own is on the VP list. That's why lots of politicians from swing states like Ohio get cited -- but few Californians or New Yorkers. Other names are there to provide demographic balance; each campaign wants to show that it's considering women and minority candidates, even if they don't get the nod, strategists said.
Democrats, top, left to right: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Republicans, bottom, left to right: McCain supporter Carly Fiorina, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice