Welcome to BuzzFeed Veepstakes, your daily guide to Mitt Romney's search for a running mate.
Mitt Romney is in Chicago and Des Moines today. Ann Romney is still in Britain. Rafalca has failed to advance to the medal round, with a score of just 69.302 in competition today.
Romney's bus tour this weekend and into next week has heightened speculation that an announcement is imminent. Romney will campaign with Gov. Bob McDonnell, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Rob Portman in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio, respectively.
The campaign's agreement to begin non-stop protective pool press coverage (which makes covert meetings much more difficult) has several top GOP operatives convinced that Romney has either made his decision or is huddling with aides to make the final pick imminently. The timing of the announcement, though, is still not clear.
Several of the VP contenders are out and about at fundraisers for Romney, continuing the campaign's efforts to squeeze all they can out of the veepstakes drama.
And some more convention leaks mean we can cross some more names off the list.
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