2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Tracker: Who Is In and Who Is Out

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Here we will follow the candidates as they consider, enter, and drop out of the 2016 race for President.

Officially Declared Major Candidates

  • Ted Cruz - First Term US Senator and Tea Party favorite from Texas - Announced on Monday, March 23rd
  • Donald Trump - TV Host and Wealthy Businessman, and regular donor to Democrats
  • John Kasich - Governor of Ohio and former presidential candidate


Dropped Out

  • Scott Walker - Governor of Wisconsin and conservative favorite announced he is running in early July. Dropped out in September, 2015 and endorsed Ted Cruz ahead of the Wisconsin primary.
  • Rick Perry - Former Governor of Texas and 2012 Presidential Candidate. Dropped out in September, 2015. Perry then endorsed fellow Texan Ted Cruz
  • Lindsey Graham - US Senator of North Carolina. Endorsed Jeb Bush and then Ted Cruz.
  • George Pataki - Former Governor of New York dropped out and endorsed Marco Rubio.
  • Chris Christie - Twice elected Governor of New Jersey. Dropped out after losing in New Hampshire and endorsed Donald Trump.
  • Bobby Jindal - Governor of Louisiana and former Congressman endorsed Marco Rubio
  • Rand Paul - First term US Senator from Kentucky and Doctor - Announced on Tuesday, April 7th. Dropped out after a disappointing finish in Iowa.
  • Marco Rubio - First Term US Senator from Florida and former State Majority Leader and State Speaker of the House announced on April 13, 2015. Dropped out on March 15, 2016 after losing his home state. Rubio won Minnesota, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C.
  • Ben Carson - World Famous Surgeon and best-selling author announced on May 4th, 2015. He dropped out after Super Tuesday and endorsed Donald Trump.
  • Carly Fiorina - Former CEO of Hewitt-Packard and 2010 Senate Nominee in California announced on May 4th, 2015. She dropped out and endorsed Ted Cruz after the field narrowed.
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas and winner of the 2008 Iowa Caucuses announced on May 5th, 2015 and withdrew after the Iowa caucuses.
  • Rick Santorum - Former US Senator from PA and winner of 2012 Iowa caucuses dropped out after the Iowa caucuses.
  • Jim Gilmore - Former Governor of Virginia
  • Jeb Bush - The former two-term Governor of Florida and Son of President George H.W. Bush and Brother of President George W. Bush announced a "leadership PAC" as a vehicle for exploring a potential run for the Presidency. (Announced exploratory committee on Dec 16th, 2016). Announced presidential run on June 15, 2015. He dropped out after finishing distantly in the first three contests and eventually endorsed Ted Cruz in an effort to stop Trump from winning the nomination.

Candidates in Exploratory Phase

Traditionally, candidates would form an exploratory committee as a vehicle for raising cash and testing the waters and collecting endorsements. Leadership PACs seem to be growing in popularity as funds raised using those PACs do not count against campaign. (Phase ended)




Likely Potential Candidates -  High-Level Odds (Based on Comments/Political Activity)

  • NA


Unlikely Potential Candidates - Low-Level Odds (Based on Comments/Lack of Activity)

  • Sarah Palin - 2008 VP nominee and former Governor of Alaska
  • Allen West - Former congressman from Florida
  • Susana Martinez - Governor of New Mexico and nation's first Latina Governor
  • Mitch Daniels - Former Governor of Indiana
  • Rick Snyder - Governor of Michigan
  • Nikki Haley - Governor of South Carolina
  • Brian Sandoval - Governor of Nevada
  • Scott Brown - Former US Senator from MA and 2014 nominee for Senate in NH
  • Michelle Bachmann - Former congresswoman and 2012 presidential nominee
  • Herman Cain - Businessman, Talk Radio Host, and 2012 presidential nominee
  • Mike Pence - Former congressman and current Governor of Indiana

Announced They Will Not Run

  • Mitt Romney - Announced Jan. 30, 2015 someone "new" should lead
  • Paul Ryan - US Representative and 2012 VP Nominee
  • Rob Portman - US Senator from Ohio
  • Jon Huntsman - Former Governor of Utah and No Labels co-chairman
  • Condi Rice - Former Secretary of State