United States presidential election, 2016

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United States presidential election, 2016
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The electoral map for the 2016 election, based on populations from the 2010 census

Incumbent President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The United States presidential election of 2016 will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Voters in the election will select presidential electors, who in turn will elect a new President and Vice President of the United States. The incumbent president, Barack Obama, is ineligible to be elected to a third term due to term limits in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Background[edit]

Article Two of the United States Constitution provides that for a person to be elected and serve as President of the United States, the individual must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for a period of no less than 14 years. Candidates for the presidency typically seek the nomination of one of the various political parties of the United States, in which case each party devises a method (such as a primary election) to choose the candidate the party deems best suited to run for the position. The party's delegates then officially nominate a candidate to run on the party's behalf.

Candidates[edit]

The following individuals have filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for President of the United States in 2016 and/or have stated publicly that they are running, though that does not necessarily equate with viability as a candidate. They are listed alphabetically by surname.

Democratic Party[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Independent[edit]

Potential candidates[edit]

The individuals listed below have been identified by reliable media sources as potential candidates for president in 2016. Those listed under "Formally exploring a candidacy" have taken formal action(s) - such as the formation of an exploratory committee, political action committee (PAC), or a 527 organization - to build the groundwork for a possible presidential campaign. As of March 2015, all others have been the focus of media speculation in reliable secondary sources within the past three months. They are listed alphabetically by surname.

Democratic Party[edit]

Formally exploring a candidacy[edit]

Publicly expressed interest[edit]

Other potential candidates[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Formally exploring a candidacy[edit]

Publicly expressed interest[edit]

Other potential candidates[edit]

Third party and independent candidates[edit]

Green Party[edit]

Ballot Access: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin - (280 Electoral Votes)[90][91]

Formally exploring a candidacy[edit]

Independent[edit]

Formally exploring a candidacy[edit]

Publicly expressed interest[edit]

Libertarian Party[edit]

Ballot Access: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming - (366 Electoral Votes)[90]

Publicly expressed interest[edit]

Potential battleground states[edit]

Further information: Swing state

In every state except Maine and Nebraska, the winner of the popular vote in the state wins all of the electoral votes of the state (although state legislatures can, by law, change how votes are allocated).[98] Recent presidential campaigns have generally focused their resources on a relatively small number of competitive states.[99][100] Potential battleground states include Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.[101] Democrats have discussed targeting Arizona, Georgia, and Texas as potentially competitive states.[101] Other states may also become competitive if the close races of 2016 differ from the close races of the 2012 election, or if 2016 becomes a landslide election.

Party conventions[edit]

Democratic Party
  • Week of July 25, 2016: Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia.[102]
Republican Party
Libertarian Party

Polling[edit]

General election polling
Democratic primary polling
Republican primary polling

See also[edit]


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