This lengthy article makes one very succinct point that is useful for students – who you pick as VP actually is much less important than is traditionally suggested. This is great for the VP in Unit 4 and the presidential elections in Unit 3.

The article goes through the data and analyses whether the choice of VP can effectively deliver the votes (and therefore Electoral College votes) of their home state, and they found that while the President normally enjoys a 3-7 point bump in his home state, there is no such bump from the VPs home state. The article argues that this was even the case in 1960, that having LBJ on the ticket did not in fact ‘deliver Texas’ for Kennedy. therefore, for a 15 marker on ‘balancing the ticket’ or the ‘importance of the VP’, this is super evidence that actually they are not important.