The Dwindling List of 2016 Presidential Candidates
One of the most talked-about candidates in this year's election, Trump promises to "Make America Great Again" – but along the road to doing so, he's made quite a few enemies. Most notably, the country's Latino population, who are irked over Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, which has cost him business deals and TV partnerships. It hasn't hurt him much, however: He won in both South Carolina and New Hampshire, as well as coming in second in Iowa. Plus, he continues to dominate the national polls.
He really got his start as deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, and afterward, he served as solicitor general and a U.S. senator – both in his home state of Texas. The social conservative became one of the first to toss his hat into the ring for the 2016 election when he announced on March 23, 2015. In recent months, he's been gaining momentum in the polls, which came to a head when he won the Iowa caucus on February 1.
In an election that's full of ups and downs, Hillary Clinton's been the one sure thing. Sure, she kept mum for a while about whether or not she'd enter the race, but no one was all that surprised about her April campaign announcement. She's long been considered to the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but with Bernie Sanders's New Hampshire win and rising poll numbers, her lock is looser than ever.
The junior senator from Vermont isn't strict about sticking to one party: He's a self-proclaimed socialist, has long been known as an independent, and in order to secure a real spot in the presidential race, he's running as a Democrat. Sanders is a big opponent of income inequality, preaches job creation and environmental protection, and is a favorite with younger voters. And people are #FeelingTheBern: He snagged nearly half the votes in the Iowa caucus, and came out on top in the New Hampshire primary.
Carson's roots are in medicine – he was the much-revered head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins – and he has never held an elected position throughout his career. Running as a Republican, he's been a vocal opponent of Obamacare, and he is known for making eyebrow-raising remarks, like comparing the mind-set of ISIS to that of the Founding Fathers. However, he's gaining steam, following Trump in the majority of American polls.
The junior U.S. senator from Florida is a former speaker of the Florida house, as well as a second-generation Cuban-American. At 44, he's the youngest Republican seeking the nomination.
Currently, Kasich is the Republican governor of Ohio. But at his core, he's a money man: He's worked as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, and during his almost 20-year tenure in the House of Representatives, he spent 16 of them as chairman of the House budget committee.