The skeptics question each pillar of the pro-Pence argument.

They are dubious about his chance of bringing Trump voters to his side in a Republican primary, especially if other candidates are competing for that same swathe of voters.

Pence’s chances of holding “MAGA Country” against more colorful figures like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), are middling at best, they say.

Conversely, while Pence’s deep roots in the evangelical movement are an advantage in a Republican primary, his socially conservative strain of Christianity could limit his appeal to moderate voters.

It is questionable whether college-educated suburbanites will rally to a man with a deeply conservative view of LGBT issues and who famously refuses to dine alone with any woman other than his wife.