Who are the candidates for the 2016 presidential elections in the United States?


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As of Jan. 15, 2015, only Cherunda Fox, a Republican, has filed a presidential exploratory committee with the Federal Elections Commission. Reputable polling organizations' December 2014 polls place Hillary Clinton as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination and Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney as the front-runners for the Republicans.

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Real Clear Politics, a clearinghouse for political polling, indicates a large field of candidates for each party's nomination. While Hillary Clinton has a wide lead for the Democratic nomination in nationwide polls released in December 2014, the other potential candidates polled include Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb and Martin O'Malley. Former Senator Jim Webb has publicly stated that he is exploring a presidential bid but has not filed with the FEC as of January 2015.

Polling for the potential Republican presidential candidates includes Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and John Kasich. Polls released in December 2014 show Romney and Bush variously leading by a small margin for the Republican nomination but do not indicate a clear front-runner.

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