With so many candidates still running for president of the United States, it can be a challenge to keep up with who is still running and who has dropped out of the race or decided not to run at all. Here is an update on where we are with the presidential candidates in early February of 2016 – two days after the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus and just ten months before the highly-contested presidential election of 2016 will take place. ABC News reported on Wednesday that while many candidates are polling extremely low but refuse to suspend their candidacy, there are others who have recently quit the race.
There are now 11 presidential candidates in the 2016 race for president. Of those 11 candidates, 9 are Republicans and 2 are Democrats.
The Republican candidates are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. The Democratic candidates are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The Washington Examiner lists a great deal of information about each candidate including a brief history of each person, his or her major policy positions, age, family information, education, birthplace, current residence, and religion.
Of the persons who were candidates or were strongly considered candidates and ultimately are no longer contenders are Vice President Joe Biden who ended strong speculation last fall that he would run as a Democrat by formally announcing that he will not enter the race. Other Democrats who will not be running but were candidates or strongly considered to be candidates are Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, Lawrence Lessig, Elizabeth Warren, and Jim Webb. O’Malley held on through the debates and through the Iowa Caucus. However, the day after receiving less than 1 percent of the support among Iowans on Feb. 1, he ended his run for president. The Republicans who will not be running but were candidates or strongly considered to be candidates are Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Mike Pence, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Scott Walker. Huckabee ended his campaign on Feb. 2, the day after the Iowa Caucus, and Paul ended his campaign the day after Huckabee withdrew his candidacy. Shortly thereafter, Rick Santorum ended his latest run for president and endorsed Marco Rubio as he made his exit.
As of early February 2016, in general, Hillary Clinton has lost her strong lead over Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side as Sanders and Clinton nearly tied in the Iowa Caucus by both having over 49 percent of the Iowans’ support, says CNBC. Ultimately, Clinton won by a sliver. On the Republican side, early February 2016 turned the spotlight on Sen. Ted Cruz as he defeated Donald Trump and the other GOP hopefuls in the Iowa Caucus by a decent margin. Trump came in second with Sen. Marc Rubio coming in a very close third place. All other candidates failed to garner double-digit support in the Iowa Caucus.
The important events following the Iowa Caucus includes the nation’s first primary in New Hampshire on Feb. 9. On Feb. 20, the Republicans will have a South Carolina primary and the Democrats will have caucuses held in Nevada. March 1 will be Super Tuesday with primary elections in six southern states as well as Massachusetts and Minnesota. On March 15, Florida and Ohio have elections. On June 7, the last primaries will be held in five states.
The Republican convention begins in Cleveland on July 18. The Democratic convention in Philadelphia will begin on July 25. After the two major parties decide on their nominees, the first presidential debate will take place at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on Sept. 26. Election Day will be on Nov. 8.