Tracking the 2016 Election Candidates

Now that the primaries and caucuses have begun, the crowded field of candidates jostling with one another to win their party nominations for the 2016 presidential election is starting to shrink. Use this post to stay up-to-date. 

  • March 23, 2015

    Ted Cruz announces candidacy

    Ted Cruz was the first candidate to officially throw his hat in the ring. To learn more about Cruz, click here.

  • April 7, 2015

    Rand Paul announces candidacy

    Rand Paul is the son of 2012 candidate Ron Paul. To learn more about Paul, click here.

  • April 12, 2015

    Hillary Clinton announces candidacy

    Hillary Clinton surprised no one with her official announcement to run for the Democratic Party nomination. To learn more about Clinton, click here.

  • April 13, 2015

    Marco Rubio announces candidacy

    Marco Rubio hopes to energize Latino support for himself and the Republican Party. To learn more about Rubio, click here.

  • April 30, 2015

    Bernie Sanders announces candidacy

    Bernie Sanders officially challenged Clinton on April 30.To learn more about Sanders, click here.

  • May 4, 2015

    Carly Fiorina announces candidacy

    Carly Fiorina became the second woman in the 2016 race. To learn more about Fiorina  click here.

  • May 4, 2015

    Ben Carson announces candidacy

    Ben Carson may have the least amount of political experience in the 2016 field. To learn more about Carson  click here.

  • May 5, 2015

    Mike Huckabee announces candidacy

    Mike Huckabee ran for the Republican Party nomination back in 2012. Will he have more success four years later? To learn more about Huckabee, click here.

  • May 27, 2015

    Rick Santorum announces candidacy

    In 2012, Rick Santorum won a few state primaries while challenging Mitt Romney. To learn more about Santorum, click here.

  • May 28, 2015

    George Pataki announces candidacy

    George Pataki has been in politics for many decades. To learn more about Pataki, click here.

  • May 30, 2015

    Martin O'Malley announces candidacy

    Martin O’Malley made the Democratic Party content more than a two-person race. To learn more about O’Malley, click here.

  • June 1, 2015

    Lindsey Graham announces candidacy

    South Carolina’s Senator Lindsey Graham has decided to throw his hat in the ring. To learn more about Graham, click here.

  • June 3, 2015

    Lincoln Chafee announces candidacy

    Lincoln Chafee became the latest Democrat to announce a 2016 campaign run. To learn more about Chafee, click here.

  • June 4, 2015

    Rick Perry announces candidacy

    Rick Perry is another 2012 candidate back again for this 2016 contest. To learn more about Perry, click here.

  • June 15, 2015

    Jeb Bush announces candidacy

    Can a third Bush family member win the White House? To learn more about Bush, click here.

  • June 11, 2015

    George Pataki cancels tour events

    Pataki cancels a few tour dates. But his campaign claims he is not officially suspending the campaign effort.

  • June 17, 2015

    Donald Trump announces candidacy

    How much of an impact can The Donald bring to this 2016 campaign? To learn more about Trump, click here.

  • June 24, 2015

    Bobby Jindal announces candidacy

    Bobby Jindal made media news when he announced because of his family video discussion. Is he going to be able to influence the Republican Party enough? To learn more about Jindal, click here.

  • June 30, 2015

    Chris Christie announces candidacy

    Chris Christie has been a national political figure–at least in the media–for a few years now. Learn about Christie by clicking here.

  • July 3, 2015

    Jim Webb announces candidacy

    Jim Webb has decided to add his name to the list of Democratic candidates. To learn more about Webb, click here.

  • July 13, 2015

    Scott Walker announces candidacy

    As expected, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has finally made his run for the Republican nomination official. Learn about Walker by clicking here.

  • July 21, 2015

    John Kasich announces candidacy

    Fans of Ohio governor John Kasich have been expecting his official candidate announcement for a while. Learn more about Kasich by clicking here.

  • July 29, 2015

    Jim Gilmore joins the Republican race

    Former governor of Virginia, James Gilmore filed the paperwork to become the newest Republican candidate. Learn more about Gilmore by clicking here.

  • September 11, 2015

    Rick Perry ends Republican campaign

    On Friday, Rick Perry ended his second attempt to run for the White House. (The first was in 2012.) His campaign has no more funding to keep staff paid.

  • September 21, 2015

    Scott Walker ends Republican campaign

    On Monday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker ended his campaign. He claimed that the GOP race was becoming too nasty.

    Walker also called on other Republican hopefuls to suspend their efforts as well–claiming this would make it easier to stop the campaign success of front-runner Donald Trump.

  • October 20, 2015

    Jim Webb ends Democratic campaign

    On Tuesday, Jim Webb ended his run for the White House. Webb was not successful in raising enough money to keep his campaign going forward, and he could not gain much excitement in the poll measurements against his main Democratic Party rivals.

  • October 21, 2015

    Joe Biden will NOT run for president

    On Wednesday, vice president Joseph Biden announced to the media and to the country that he would definitively NOT be running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

    Many have wondered if Biden might step in and try to win the nomination from Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

  • October 23, 2015

    Lincoln Chafee drops his campaign bid

    This morning, Lincoln Chafee became the second Democratic candidate this week to end his run for the White House. Jim Webb withdrew on Tuesday.

    Chafee had trouble at the recent Democratic party debate grabbing attention and getting his campaign message across. He also struggled to raise sufficient money to keep his campaign staff.

  • November 17, 2015

    Bobby Jindal ends Republican campaign

    On Tuesday, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal ended his campaign effort to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination for the 2016 election.

    Jindal said during his announcement that “[T]his is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for president.”

  • December 29, 2015

    George Pataki ends Republican campaign

    George Pataki, another of the possible Republican nominee candidates called a official halt to his campaign.

    Pataki never gained much support in his campaign for the 2016 party nomination. Despite being governor of New York for  three terms, he never caught hold during this election run. His polling numbers never moved above 3 percent and he was never able to get the main group of party supporters to give him much time to make this agenda clear.

  • February 2, 2016

    Mike Huckabee drops out of race

    After winning less than 2% of the caucus precincts in Iowa Monday evening, Mike Huckabee announced that he was ending his race for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination.

  • February 2, 2016

    Martin O'Malley drops from Democratic race

    After a disappointing showing in Iowa on Monday evening, Martin O’Malley closed his campaign run for the Democratic Party.

    Now only Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remain in their hopes to succeed Barack Obama and keep the Democratic Party in control of the White House for four more years.

  • February 3, 2016

    Rand Paul and Rick Santorum shut down campaigns

    After a poor performance in Iowa, Republicans Rick Santorum and Rand Paul separately announced that their efforts to gain the GOP nomination would end.

  • February 10, 2016

    Carly Fiorina ends her campaign

    Carly Fiorina suspended her campaign efforts after poor results in the Iowa caucuses, being left out of the final New Hampshire debate, and a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary.

  • February 10, 2016

    Chris Christie Announces End of Campaign

    The governor of New Jersey and well-known national politician, Chris Christie, could not gather enough public support to keep his campaign for the nomination going. After a lackluster result in the nation’s first primary, Christie announced he was dropping out of the GOP race.

  • February 12, 2016

    Jim Gilmore suspends his campaign effort

    The former governor of Virginia, Jim Gilmore announced that his efforts for the Republican nomination was suspended.

  • February 20, 2016

    Jeb Bush bows out

    Jeb Bush, the Republican candidate with the famous family and the strong name recognition, announced that his campaign for the nomination was over on Saturday night. Bush failed to win any of the early state primaries and he never gained enough attention from the party members who keep pushing Donald Trump forward.

  • March 2, 2016

    Ben Carson sees no clear path ahead

    Ben Carson may be bowing out of the Republican race, after a poor Super Tuesday showing. Following another slate of unsuccessful primary and caucus results, the doctor said he would not be attending the upcoming Republican debate this coming Thursday night.

    Carson has not yet formally suspended his campaign, but admitted that he did not see a clear path toward securing the GOP nomination for himself. He suggested that he may have a more substantive announcement on Friday.

  • March 4, 2016

    Ben Carson ends his race

    It is not that surprising that Dr. Ben Carson ended his campaign effort today. After the announcement on Wednesday that he would not attend the GOP debate, most people suspected his run was ending.

    And today, Carson made it official. He vowed to keep fighting for America, but he would not be challenging for the Republican nomination any further.

  • March 15, 2016

    Marco Rubio Drops Out

    In the evening of Tuesday, as the poll numbers came in across Florida, it became clear that Marco Rubio was losing his home state. Rubio was only able to convincingly win Miami-Dade County, his home county.

    And so, Rubio announced at approximately 8:30 pm that he was ending his run for the nomination in this 2016 race. He praised his team and his campaign of positivity, but noted that it did not get voter’s attention in this particular election year.

  • April 27, 2016

    Ted Cruz chooses Fiorina

    Republican candidate Ted Cruz hasn’t won many primary races in recent weeks. And he is still well behind the GOP front runner, Donald Trump. But Cruz made news today by announcing that, if he somehow manages to secure the Republican Party nomination, his running mate candidate for the vice presidency will be former rival Carly Fiorina.

  • May 3, 2016

    Ted Cruz Suspends His Campaign

    Last week Ted Cruz named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate. But Cruz’s campaign had not caught fire with a majority of voters around the nation.

    After another convincing loss to Donald Trump in Indiana, Cruz called a halt to his campaign.

  • May 4, 2016

    John Kasich Also Suspends His Campaign

    Today, John Kasich announced that he was suspending his campaign for the Republican Party nomination, just at Ted Cruz did yesterday evening.

    This leaves Donald Trump unopposed through the rest of the GOP primary races and clears the path for him to be the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party when the convention is held in Cleveland this coming July.

David Martin


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