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2016 Republican Party presidential candidates

This article contains the list of candidates associated with the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries for the 2016 United States presidential election.

Republican Party presidential candidates, 2016

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Candidate Donald Trump Ted Cruz
Home state New York Texas
Estimated delegate count 1,441 551

Contents

CandidatesEdit

Individuals included in this section have their own Wikipedia page and either formally announced their candidacy or filed as a candidate with Federal Election Commission (FEC) (for other than exploratory purposes).

NomineeEdit

Name Born[a] Current/previous positions State Announced Candidate Logo and campaign link Ref
 
Donald Trump
June 14, 1946
(age 70)
Queens, New York
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization
(1971–2017)

Reform Party presidential candidate in 2000
 
New York
June 16, 2015  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
[1][2][3]

Withdrew during the primariesEdit

The following individuals participated in at least two presidential debates. They withdrew or suspended their campaigns at some point after the Iowa caucuses on February 1, 2016. They are listed in order of exit, starting with the most recent.

Name Born[a] Current/recent State Announced Withdrew Candidacy Endorsed Ref
 
John Kasich
May 13, 1952
(age 64)
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
69th
Governor of Ohio
(2011–2019)
 
Ohio
July 21, 2015 May 4, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
No endorsement (wrote in John McCain) [4][5]
 
Ted Cruz
December 22, 1970
(age 45)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
United States Senator from Texas
(2013–present)
 
Texas
March 23, 2015 May 3, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [6][7]
 
Marco Rubio
May 28, 1971
(age 45)
Miami, Florida
United States Senator from Florida
(2011–present)
 
Florida
April 13, 2015 March 15, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [8][9]
Ben Carson September 18, 1951
(age 65)
Detroit, Michigan
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery,
Johns Hopkins Hospital
(1984–2013)
 
Maryland
May 4, 2015 March 2, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [10][11]
 
Jeb Bush
February 11, 1953
(age 63)
Midland, Texas
43rd
Governor of Florida
(1999–2007)
 
Florida
June 15, 2015 February 20, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Ted Cruz, then no endorsement [12][13]
 
Jim Gilmore
October 6, 1949
(age 67)
Richmond, Virginia
68th
Governor of Virginia
(1998–2002)
 
Virginia
July 30, 2015 February 12, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [14][15]
 
Chris Christie
September 6, 1962
(age 54)
Newark, New Jersey
55th
Governor of New Jersey
(2010–2018)
 
New Jersey
June 30, 2015 February 10, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [16][17]
 
Carly Fiorina
September 6, 1954
(age 62)
Austin, Texas
CEO of Hewlett-Packard
(1999–2005)
 
California
May 4, 2015 February 10, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump, later rescinded endorsement [18][19]
 
Rick Santorum
May 10, 1958
(age 58)
Winchester, Virginia
United States Senator from Pennsylvania
(1995–2007)
 
Pennsylvania
May 27, 2015 February 3, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Marco Rubio, then Donald Trump [20][21]
 
Rand Paul
January 7, 1963
(age 53)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States Senator from Kentucky
(2011–present)
 
Kentucky
April 7, 2015 February 3, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [22][23]
 
Mike Huckabee
August 24, 1955
(age 61)
Hope, Arkansas
44th
Governor of Arkansas
(1996–2007)
 
Arkansas
May 5, 2015 February 1, 2016  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Donald Trump [24][25]

Withdrew before the primariesEdit

The following individuals participated in at least one authorized presidential debate but withdrew from the race before the Iowa caucuses on February 1, 2016. They are listed in order of exit, starting with the most recent.

Name Born[a] Current/recent State Announced Withdrew Candidacy Endorsed Ref
 
George Pataki
June 24, 1945
(age 71)
Peekskill, New York
53rd
Governor of New York
(1995–2006)
 
New York
May 28, 2015 December 29, 2015
 
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Marco Rubio, then John Kasich, then no endorsement [26][27]
 
Lindsey Graham
July 9, 1955
(age 61)
Central, South Carolina
  United States Senator from South Carolina  
(2003–present)
 
South Carolina
June 1, 2015 December 21, 2015  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Jeb Bush, then Ted Cruz, then Evan McMullin [28][29]
 
Bobby Jindal
June 10, 1971
(age 45)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
55th
Governor of Louisiana
(2008–2016)
 
Louisiana
June 24, 2015 November 17, 2015  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC filing
Marco Rubio, then Donald Trump [30][31]
 
Scott Walker
November 2, 1967
(age 49)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
45th
Governor of Wisconsin
(2011–2019)
 
Wisconsin
July 13, 2015 September 21, 2015  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC Filing
Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump [32][33]
 
Rick Perry
March 4, 1950
(age 66)
Haskell, Texas
47th
Governor of Texas
(2000–2015)

 
Texas
June 4, 2015 September 11, 2015  
(CampaignPositionsWebsite)
FEC Filing
Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump [34][35]

Other candidatesEdit

The following notable individuals filed as a candidate with FEC by November 2015.

Name Born[a] Current/previous positions State Announced Candidacy Ballot
status
Ref
 
Jack Fellure
October 3, 1931
(age 85)
Midkiff, West Virginia
Perennial candidate
Prohibition Party nominee in 2012
 
West Virginia
November 7, 2012 FEC Filing none
 
Andy Martin
October 31, 1945
(age 71)
Middletown, Connecticut
Perennial candidate
Birther activist
vexatious litigant.[36]
 
New York
August 16, 2015 (Website)
FEC Filing
162 votes
NH
[37]

Additionally, Peter Messina was on the ballot in Louisiana,[38] New Hampshire, and Idaho.[39] Tim Cook was on the ballot in Louisiana, New Hampshire and Arizona. Walter Iwachiw was on the ballot in Florida and New Hampshire.

Other withdrawn candidatesEdit

Individuals in this section formally announced a bid for the nomination of the Republican Party, and filed with the FEC to be a candidate, but were not featured in any major opinion polls, and were not invited to any televised presidential primary debates.

Name Born[a] Current/previous positions State Announced Withdrew Candidacy Ref
 
Dennis Michael Lynch
August 28, 1969
(age 47)
Businessman
Documentary film maker
Conservative commentator
 
New York
April 22, 2015[40] May 3, 2015[41] FEC filing
 
Mark Everson
September 10, 1954
(age 62)
New York City, New York
Commissioner of Internal Revenue
(2003–2007)
 
Mississippi
March 5, 2015 November 5, 2015[42]  
(Website)
FEC Filing
[43][44]
 
Jimmy McMillan
December 1, 1946
(age 69)
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Chairman and leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party

(2005–2015)

 
New York
August 22, 2015 December 9, 2015[45] (Website)
FEC Filing

Potential candidates who did not runEdit

PreviousEdit

The following people were the focus of presidential speculation in multiple media reports during the 2016 election cycle but did not enter the race.

DeclinedEdit

Individuals listed in this section were the focus of media speculation as being possible 2016 presidential candidates but publicly, and unequivocally, ruled out presidential bids in 2016.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Age computed on election day

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