Trump nears end of vice presidential search

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the Indiana Governor's residence with Gov. Mike Pence in Indianapolis, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump neared the end of his vice presidential search on Thursday, with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich appearing as the front-runners on the eve of Trump’s announcement of his pick. Sources familiar with campaign operations cautioned that while Pence and Gingrich were finalists, Trump could always have a last-minute change of heart and choose someone else from his short list. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 53, a former rival to Trump in the presidential race, is also high on the list of potential running mates and provides the kind of counterpunch to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that Republicans like.

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