Oops- Prior post referred to Governor Erst, she is a senator from Iowa- see comment.
I predicted it would be Senator Joni Ernst. This was based on what Trump needs. He needs a black, Hispanic, Asian woman, taking care of adopted children who has been a senator or a governor. And who will deliver all 7 to 10 swing states. And has no baggage and likely is charismatic. Conservative credentials are good, but not too extreme. Trump needs the independent vote.
Chris Christie comes with way too much baggage. Bridgegate revealed that Christie can be very pushy at times- not a quality Trump would wants. Governor Susanna Martinez of New Mexico, scores high, but doesn’t want the job. Marco Rubio has great appeal, but Trump beat him in Florida and called him all sorts of names. He’s out. Newt Gingrich is the ultimate in what Trump says he’s looking for- someone that knows congress and can get legislation passed. But he’s 72 years old, and comes with baggage. Sorry Newt. Trump may pick a governor instead of some from congress, because they come with less baggage. So, it could go to Governor Martinez.
Gov Martinez would have been a close second. I personally thought Kelly Ayotte would score high, being she is in a swing state (minor point, NH has only 4 electoral votes) and a strong counter to “over the hill” Hillary.
PS: 5/7/16 Senator Ayotte said she would support the Republican nominee, but would not endorse Trump. That’s it- off the Donald’s short list, for sure.