There are now 16 Republican presidential candidates in the 2016 race for the White House. Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially announced that he is running for president on Tuesday. Kasich, 63, may currently be less well-known that many of those who have already announced their candidacy, but just by being from the state of Ohio gives him an edge in the race that the others do not have. After all, Ohio has 18 electoral votes and is considered a must-win for anyone who seriously hopes to win the Oval Office. The last president to win the White House without carrying Ohio was John F. Kennedy, according to Yahoo! News on Tuesday.
Scott Walker, the controversial and conservative governor of Wisconsin, announced his presidential bid on July 13. Walker is best known for his battle with the labor unions, according to USA Today. While, in many respects, that makes him popular, it also makes him extremely unpopular with others. Walker is a fighter and has an impressive list of election victories on his resume thus far. Also, in the mix of controversy about Walker, he is not college-educated.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined the race, as of July 1, 2015, according to Politico on Wednesday. The report also says – now that Christie has finally formally announced his candidacy for the Oval Office – the majority of citizens polled in New Jersey would like to see him step down as their governor. They would rather have someone else run the state while he concentrates on his run for president.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, a former Rhodes Scholar and former United States House member, joined the list of candidates on June 24. Jindal, considered a social conservative, is currently the chief executive of Louisiana. While more popular in the past than he is at this time, pundits say his chance of garnering the nomination are slim-at-best.
Just days prior to Jindal’s announcement, billionaire real-estate developer and reality television celebrity Donald Trump announced that he is running for president on June 16, 2015. For those keeping track, Trump has announced his intent to run for president some four other times in the past. While many think he’s insincere about his run, he has filed the necessary FEC documents and says he won’t be bought – by financing his own campaign with his own money. He has not said how much of his wealth he plans to invest on his campaign.
Former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush announced on June 15. He served two terms as governor, from 1999 to 2007. He is also known for being the sibling of former President George W. Bush and the son of former President George H.W. Bush. While he has polled fairly well up to the time of his announced run, there are those who are adamantly against a Bush dynasty of sorts.
Rick Perry is the former governor of Texas. He was George W. Bush’s successor as governor of the Lone Star State. Perry, Texas’ longest-serving governor, announced on June 4. He was seen as a serious contender with high marks in 2012, but his popularity fizzled out quicker than it was ignited via an “oops” episode in the presidential debate.
Lindsey Graham is a senator from South Carolina. He’s considered a moderate on most issues but not on foreign policy. Since his announcement to run on June 1, his biggest headlines have been about his marital status. He would become the third single president of the United States if he were to be elected. He said the position of first lady would be rotating while Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois summed up the situation by called him a “bro with no hoe.” Not saying much for Graham, Kirk made bigger headlines with his infamous quote than Graham has made with his candidacy.
George Pataki is likely the biggest “who is he?” candidate on the list so far. But, of course, there is still well-over-a-year for him to make his name a household word. Pataki replaced incumbent Mario Cuomo in 1994 as governor of New York. He served three terms before announcing he wants to be president – an announcement he made on May 28.
Rick Santorum is running again. Previously, he was a senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 until 2006. He lost his last election in his home state but had a healthy following for the national GOP presidential ticket in 2012. The politician who is considered extremely conservative announced his latest intentions on May 27.
Mike Huckabee was a former governor of Arkansas as well as a Fox News Channel host and an ordained preacher. The extremely conservative politician announced his intent to run for president on the GOP ticket on May 5. While out of the limelight in 2012, he ran a good race in 2008 and finished in third place.
Ben Carson is the one African American candidate who has announced a run for president for the 2016 White House. He is the former head of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins. He became known, politically, by representing the medical field with his incredible anti-Obamacare stance since he made his opinions known at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, totally new to the political arena, announced his desire to become the next commander-in-chief on May 4.
Carly Fiorina was the Hewlett-Packard CEO from 1999 through 2005. She chose to announce her intentions to run for president on May 4 while appearing on the television program “Good Morning America.” Her political history includes her advisement to John McCain when he ran for president in 2008. She also ran against Sen. Barbara Boxer in California in 2010 and made a name for herself, politically, though she was defeated. She has been quite outspoken with her conservative views and is liked by some for being business-friendly during the nation’s tough economic times for big business. Of concern to her candidacy, there are other business-friendly candidates in the race. She entered the race on May 4.
Marco Rubio announced his intentions on April 13. Rubio, a U.S. senator, is from Florida and is considered a popular Republican in the moderate vein. Thus far, he is seen as doing a decent job of presenting himself as a “next generation” conservative while effectively labeling Hillary Clinton – the front-running Democratic candidate as being incredibly “yesterday.”
Rand Paul announced on April 7. Besides being a senator representing Kentucky, he is an ophthalmologist who also happens to be the son of libertarian superstar Ron Paul who ran for president several times in the past as well. Paul, who is – by trade – an ophthalmologist – is quite conservative and carries the Tea Party label.
Ted Cruz, a Texas senator, entered the presidential race quite early by announcing his intention on March 23. His foresight in announcing before the others gave him an early boost in the polls and in raising funds, initially. He was deputy assistant attorney general for George W. Bush as well as the Texas solicitor general in the past. He is described as being an extremely outspoken and very conservative candidate. He is also labeled a Tea Party candidate.
On the Democratic side, as of this writing, there are now five newsworthy candidates. Former first lady, former senator from New York, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has formally announced her run for president. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves in the Democratic Party with his announcement to run. Additionally, former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and former governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chaffee have announced their candidacies formally. Most recently, Jim Webb who is a former governor of Virginia has announced to his supporters in an email in early July that he is seeking the nomination for president on the Democratic side as well. Talk of Vice President Joe Biden entering the contest has not totally dissipated. Word is that Biden will make a final decision at summer’s end.