It appears both Trump and Hillary have chosen their vice president with a broader strategy in mind.
Pence endorsed Senator Ted Cruz in April right before the Cruz campaign failed in their last ditch effort to interrupt Trump’s momentum and win the Hoosier State.
However, Pence offered Trump praise during his Cruz endorsement.
"I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington D.C.," the governor said on a WIBC radio program.
"And I'm also particularly grateful that Donald Trump has taken a strong stance for Hoosier jobs.”
In April, the last round of polling in Indiana placed Trump ahead of Clinton, but I believe Trump’s VP pick is a gesture to the broader Rust Belt, where the Trump campaign hopes to maintain momentum.
On July 21, a Suffolk University poll tied Trump and Clinton in Ohio. Both candidates polled at 44 percent with 11 percent undecided.
In July, both NBC/Marist and Quinnipiac University polls contradicted each other in Pennsylvania.
While the NBC/Marist poll showed Hillary with a comfortable lead, a Quinnipiac poll conducted on the same day revealed Trump polled with higher favorability.
But it appears both candidates went with the most comfortable option in choosing their vice president.
In June, a poll from Washington Post and ABC showed 75 percent of white men viewed Hillary unfavorably, while 52 percent viewed Trump in a negative light.
A recent reevaluation of 2012 election data destroyed the forced narrative of Obama winning due to a coalition of young and minority voters.
In fact, Obama fared better with white voters than previous Democratic candidates.
Still, the Clinton campaign will need some turnout from the groups associated with Obama’s target demographics. In fact, Donald Trump polls better with minority voters than any other Republican in recent history.
The bitter feud between Hillary and Bernie irreparably damaged Hillary’s standing with young voters after Hillary tried lecturing students into voting for her.
We have yet to see if Hillary’s cringe-inducingpandering to the black community will actually pay off, especially without a black politician as her running mate.