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It sounds almost clichéd, but the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race is indisputably the most important in a generation. Setting aside the fact that it’s been 12 long years since the last Republican presidential candidate won a general election, or the fact that the last two presidential candidates have been soundly defeated by the Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, there are several added incentives to win the 2016 presidential election.

If the GOP can retain their hold of the Senate and House of Representatives, the party will be able to chart the political, social, economic and cultural direction of the United States for the next 30 to 50 years. There are potentially up to four Supreme Court Justices to be nominated by the next president. With four existing conservative Justices currently serving on the Supreme Court, the addition of another four conservative life-appointments will guarantee a titanic legislative alignment of the country’s laws in favor of the conservative agenda.

Moreover, a triumvirate of a Republican president and a Republican-controlled Senate and House will enable the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the holy grail of the party since its enactment in 2010. With such tempting rewards in place, common wisdom dictates that Republican Party should aim to be at its strongest and most unified ever.

Alas, the party is now perceived to be at its weakest since the 1930s. For a start, the protracted nomination race has derailed this dream scenario. In most previous primaries cycles, a front runner would have decisively emerged from the pack by spring, and the candidacy announcement at the summer convention would have been a mere formality as the party’s leaders and rank and files coalesce behind the nominee. However, the 66-leg and four-month long primary season dragged on and on. The previously celebrated deep bench of presidential talent at the start of the primary is no longer viewed as fondly after a bruising, and at times, embarrassing primary season.

The lack of civility between the candidates was particularly hard to watch, and arguably contributed to the party’s lowest favorability rating in recent history. Billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump eventually emerged as the presumptive nominee in early May following a decisive seven-state winning streak which saw him breaking the 50% threshold in all seven, prompting the withdrawals of his last two competitors, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor of Ohio John Kasich.

However, Mr. Trump’s status as the presumptive nominee has not been embraced with anything resembling joy by the social conservatives in the party. Amidst voter registration cards burnings and #NeverTrump proclamations on the social media, the overriding sentiment behind the opposition to Mr. Trump is that he allegedly does not share the party’s respect of culture and tradition, obedience to God and love of country, and adherence to the principles of conservatism. In fact, some social conservatives have even likened Mr. Trump’s nomination as a hostile takeover of the party.

A small minority are even advocating a third-party run by a conservative candidate. The argument is that a respectable candidate will prevent Mr. Trump, with record-high unfavorability ratings, from weighing down down-ballot contests nationwide. Since general election voters rarely split their votes between presidential and Congressional races, an alternative presidential candidate might reduce the possibility of losing both the Senate and House. Additionally, the conservative candidate might even prove successful enough to deny any candidate from obtaining the required 270 Electoral College votes.

The last time a split like this happened, Republican nominee and sitting President Howard Taft came in a humiliating third in the 1912 presidential election. As matters stands now, the Republican Party will be heading to the convention with a very fractured base. Mr. Trump will face a challenging time trying to unite the party even as he starts to campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Despite the bleak outlook, Republicans can take comfort from the fact that the party’s well-oiled election machinery and motivated voting base have turned the form book upside down and emphatically won the last two midterm elections, and in the process, provided the GOP with its largest nationwide majority since 1928. So resounding was their victory in 2014, the Republican Party is virtually guaranteed to retain control of the House of Representatives until 2020!

In other words, it would be unwise to completely discount the possibility of Mr. Trump being sworn in as the party’s 19th and the nation’s 45th president next January!





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2016 Republican Candidate  Donald Trump
 
A billionaire real estate tycoon, reality TV star and now, presumptive Republican presidential nominee for the 2016 presidential election, the larger-than-life Donald Trump is shaking American politics to its very core with his no-holds-barred approach to politics. The maverick is now on course to battle it out with the Democrat nominee this November for the keys to the White House.

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Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee Mike Pence
 
The former college admission officer, political consultant, attorney, talk radio host and six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and current Governor of Indiana, is the archetypal modern social conservative Republican. Gov. Pence is an unabashed social and fiscal conservative, and is arguably one of the most influential political figures in the conservative heartland.

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Republican Candidate 2016Jeb Bush
 

The former Florida governor entered the race as one of the early favorites, and led the polls in the months leading up to the primaries. His well-oiled campaign machinery and name recognition saw him raising an incredible $118 million by the turn of the year. Alas, his dream of emulating his father and elder brother of occupying the Oval Office began to unravel soon after the primaries began. Gov. Bush officially withdrew from the race on February 20, 2016 after an embarrassing fourth place finish in the South Carolina primary.

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Republican Presidential CandidateBen Carson
 

Roundly viewed as the most religious candidate in the field, the retired neurosurgeon was a relative unknown at the start of the race. But Dr. Carson’s quiet and cerebral approach quickly elevated his profile and he was even invited to participate in several debates where he held his own against more experienced politicians. However, an underwhelming Super Tuesday performance and dwindling campaign coffers compelled him to drop out of the race on March 4, 2016.

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Republican Presidential CandidateChris Christie
 

Two-term New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s campaign began in rousing fashion with an endorsement from the governor of Maine, Paul LePage. However, his campaign was soon dogged by controversies when it became known that the state government was subsidizing the cost of his security detail and campaign trips. His frequent absence from the state throughout 2015 was also criticized. As the debate season commenced, the combative former District Attorney’s polling numbers began a steady downward spiral culminating in a 10th and 6th placed finishes in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. Gov. Christie announced the suspension of his campaign on February 10, 2016.

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Republican Presidential Candidate 2016Ted Cruz
 

The social conservative darling was seen as one of the dark horses of the nomination race. An accomplished public speaker, he had strong support from the evangelical community and rank and file tea party supporters. The firebrand Texas Senator was expected to be the anti-establishment candidate that will battle it out against the “Washington elites”. Unfortunately, his core support was gradually siphoned off by another outsider, Donald Trump, the eventual nominee. Sen. Cruz dropped out of the race on May 3, 2016, after suffering a devastating loss to Mr. Trump in the Indiana primary.

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Republican Candidate 2016Carly Fiorina
 

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard and advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, served notice of her pedigree in the curtain-raising Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was roundly acknowledged as the best debater that night. However, despite a slight spike in the polls, she failed to make further inroads in the race and bowed out on February 10, 2016 after a weak Super Tuesday performance. Two months later, for about a week beginning from April 27, Ms. Fiorina served as the running mate for Sen. Ted Cruz.

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2016 Republican Presidential CandidateJim Gilmore
 

Former Virginia governor, attorney general and Army intelligence agent Jim Gilmore reentered into the national political scene after 13-year absence. He struggled to make a mark in the race, and recorded the lowest ever votes (133) in the New Hampshire Republican primary. This was on the back of the 12 votes he received in the opening Iowa caucus. Gov. Gilmore announced the suspension of his campaign three days later on February 12, 2016.

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Republican Presidential CandidateLindsey Graham
 

The influential Congressman, who currently serves on four Senate Committees, threw his hat in the nomination ring on June 1, 2015. However, his confrontations with the powerful tea party over the previous few years made him a somewhat unpopular figure among the Republican voting base. Sen. Graham’s subsequent public clash with Donald Trump in July 2015 further dampened his chances. His failure to improve his polling numbers above the low single digits eventually forced him to suspend his campaign on December 21, 2015.

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Republican Candidate 2016Mike Huckabee
 

The ordained minister and former Arkansas governor launched his second bid for the presidency in May 2015. Marshaling his evangelical base in Iowa, Gov. Huckabee focused his entire campaign on the state’s caucus with his brand of folksy politics. However, he only finished ninth, securing less than 2% of the votes. He suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016 immediately after results were announced.

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Republican Candidate 2016Bobby Jindal
 

The Punjabi-American former governor of Louisiana probably has the most unique slogan among the major presidential campaigns in this election cycle – “Tanned, Rested, Ready.” Unfortunately, the slogan failed to bring in the bucks, and Gov. Jindal was forced to end his campaign on November 17, 2015 after raising only $1.4 million.

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Republican Candidate 2016John Kasich
 

Gov. Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign can be surmised with just a single word – perseverance. Despite an impressive political resume, which includes chairmanship of the House Budget Committee between 1994 and 2000 (which coincided with the only four balanced federal budgets in the last four decades), the Ohio governor never quite broke out of the periphery despite ultimately being the second-last man standing in the Republican primary race. With a campaign budget of only $7.6 million, Gov. Kasich was truly the little engine that could.

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2016 Republican Candidate George Pataki
 

Former three-term Governor of New York George Pataki’s lack of national name recognition cost him dearly in the polls, which led to his exclusion from the fourth and fifth presidential debates, despite commendable previous performances. The exclusion effectively ended the moderate New Yorker’s chances, and he withdrew from the race on December 29, 2015. Gov. Pataki lamented the fact that presidential debates are now dictated by ratings, instead of the quality of candidates.

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2016 Republican Candidate Rand Paul
 

While no one seriously expected the physician to emulate his father’s third-placed finish in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, his withdrawal after a fourth-placed finish at the opening Iowa caucus on February 3, 2016 was a surprise to many. With his paleolibertarian background and solid relationship with the tea party and fiscal conservatives, Sen. Rand was expected to be a competitive second-tier candidate, which would’ve put him in great stead for the 2020 primaries.

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Republican Presidential CandidateRick Perry
 

After an impressive but ultimately unsuccessful run in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor in history (2000-2015), launched his second bid for the presidency on June 4, 2015. However, without the might of the governorship behind him, Gov. Perry struggled to raise funds to finance his run. His poor poll numbers, lack of support in early primary states and mounting campaign debts convinced him to end his run barely three months later.

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2016 Republican Candidate Marco Rubio
 

The lack of support from minorities contributed greatly to Gov. Mitt Romney’s defeat to President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. In light of that, the Cuban American Florida Senator was seen by the party’s leadership as the ideal candidate to recapture the White House for the GOP. Unfortunately, Sen. Rubio was rattled in his early encounters with the aggressive Donald Trump, and the three-year momentum behind him quickly fizzled out. Sen. Rubio ended his campaign on March 15, 2016 after a humiliating second-placed primary finish in his home state of Florida.

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2016 Republican Presidential CandidateRick Santorum
 

The former Pennsylvania Senator was the Ted Cruz of the 2012 primary cycle. Not only was he a respected social conservative, Sen. Santorum also eventually finished second behind party nominee Mitt Romney. However, his 2016 campaign never found traction and barely moved into second gear; his three-year absence from the national stage cost him dearly. Sen. Santorum withdrew from the race on February 3, 2016 after the result of Super Tuesday was announced.

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One of the early front runners for the nomination, Gov. Walker holds the distinction of being the only governor to ever survive a recall election. However, his campaign came to a premature end on September 21, 2015 just three months after announcing his candidacy. His campaign’s aggressive advertising and large staff (90 people) rapidly ate up his resources, and the coffers dried up. Face with the prospect of going into debt so early in the campaign, Gov. Walker chose to walk away.


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The 2016 Presidential Election is unlike any seen in recent times. In fact, it may well be the most important since 1860, for one very simple reason. The 45th President could potentially be selecting up to four new Supreme Court Justices to replace the aging Ruth Bader Ginsburg (82), Anthony Kennedy (79), Stephen Breyer (77) and recently deceased Antonin Scalia - almost half of the nine-person lineup of the United States Supreme Court. With a historical 25-year average tenure, these lifetime appointments will directly determine the political, ideological and socioeconomic direction of the country for the next three decades, and indirectly thereafter.

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To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 1000 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

We profile all official candidates, from all political parties, on a level platform. Some may be nutcases, but most are respectable individuals with legitimate positions on the issues. Any officially registered candidates not included may be fictitious, or have insufficient available information from which to build a profile.

We don’t know if any of these candidates would make a better president than a career politician, just as there's no guarantee that any of the 2016 campaign promises will actually be kept.

Word of mouth and today's web of social networks empower 'We the People' to promote a candidate more effectively than any media conglomerate, and subsequently scrutinize their every detail in thousands of national online platforms.

Take a look at the candidates, visit their websites and if you find them worthy of being given a chance, share their candidacy with friends and family.

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