With so many candidates running for president of the United States in these times, it can be a challenge for one to keep up with who is still running and who has dropped out of the race or decided not to run at all. Therefore, here is an update on where we are with the presidential candidates in early January of 2016 – eleven months before the actual election will take place. Fox News reported on Sunday that many candidates are polling extremely low but refuse to suspend their candidacy.
There are now 15 presidential candidates in the 2016 race for the White House. Of those 15 candidates, 12 are Republicans and 3 are Democrats.
The Republican candidates are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump. The Democratic candidates are Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, 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 in the 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 Lincoln Chafee, Lawrence Lessig, Elizabeth Warren, and Jim Webb. The Republicans who will not be running but were candidates or strongly considered to be candidates are Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Mike Pence, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Scott Walker.
As of early January 2016, in general, Hillary Clinton is strongly leading in the polls for the Democratic nomination with Bernie Sanders her closest rival. On the Republican side, early January 2016 polls indicate that Donald Trump is leading in the polls. Various reports state that his only real challenger at this time is Ted Cruz who is polling as well as Trump and even better than Trump in some parts of the country. Though Marco Rubio has had his strong moments due to his polled-ability to be the Republican who beats Clinton in matchups, no other candidates are showing poll numbers that would threaten the nomination being given to the aforementioned candidates at this time.
The important events’ dates begin with Feb. 1 which is the first contest of the 2016 election cycle. That is when the Iowa caucuses will be held, according to the Guardian. The nation’s first primary will be held 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 election 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.
To view a list of all the people who have petitioned to run for president of the United States in 2016, go to Ron Gunzburg’s Politics1 web site. The list includes all persons who are wanting to become president, including Republicans, Democrats, independents, and more.