Who Are the 2016 Presidential Candidates?


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As of June 15, 2015, official presidential contenders for the 2016 presidential election include Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio, as well as Democratic candidates Hilary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders. Some of these candidates ran in previous presidential elections.

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Who Are the 2016 Presidential Candidates?
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As of June 15, 2015, the presidential field contains representatives from a wide range of backgrounds and areas of experience. Jeb Bush, Martin O'Malley and Rick Perry were state governors, whereas Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton have experience as U.S. Senators. Carly Fiorina enters the field from the private sector, having served for some time as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Ben Carson is a former pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University.

A few additional candidates who have announced their candidacy are Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Rick Santorum.

As of June 15, 2015, there are several individuals who seem to be exploring the possibility of running for president, including former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney considered another run for the White House, but pulled out of the race in early 2015.

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