The top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as vice president. Here's this week's ranking.
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The top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as vice president. Here's this week's ranking.

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In this June 17, 2020, photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Darby, Pa. 

As summer officially begins, we are starting to get a clearer picture of who's a real contender and who isn't in the search for Joe Biden's vice presidential pick.

In the "serious" camp are a number of prominent African American politicians: California Sen. Kamala Harris, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Florida Rep. Val Demings.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is in that mix too, as well as a trio of senators: Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) and Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin).

On the not-so-serious side appears to be former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams, who was an early front-runner in the most-mentioned crowd for VP, but does not appear to be in the running now. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar removed herself from consideration on Thursday evening.

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Abrams has acknowledged she has yet to hear from the Biden team during the vetting process while Klobuchar has struggled to get beyond the taint of her time spent as the lead prosecutor in Minneapolis in the early 2000s following the death of George Floyd last month.

With all that mind, below are my new rankings of the 10 women considered most likely to wind up as Biden's running mate this fall. (And here are last week's for reference!)

These rankings change weekly, so if your favorite isn't ranked where she should be -- or isn't even on the list -- there's always next week. Necessary Michelle Obama caveat: The former first lady is not on this list because she has never indicated an interest in being a politician. If she does so, she would immediately jump to the top of these rankings.

This story has been updated to reflect Sen. Amy Klobuchar's announcement that she would remove herself from VP consideration.

CNN's Allison Gordon contributed to this report.

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