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Over the past two decades, devotees of the Republican party and the advancement of its principles have been well served by a strong stomach. Indeed, one could scarcely blame them for feeling as if they were riding on a roller coaster, with one important difference: At least if they were on a carnival ride, they could theoretically have asked that it be stopped so they could get off.

As far back as 1994, the GOP enjoyed a political windfall when midterm election results awarded them control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Termed then the “Republican Revolution”, some optimistic fellows on the right even dared to declare that a permanent majority had begun, with the US congress becoming red for the foreseeable future. They suffered under a Democratic President at the time, but had high hopes of changing that in two short years.

Frustration in the presidential election of 1996, however, resulting in the reelection of President Bill Clinton, meant that the Republicans would have to wait a total of six years after their landslide to take the White House and dominate American government. Unfortunately, this was when the roller coaster began to dip, as President George W Bush would prove to be one of the least popular commanders in chief in the nation's history, provoking a backlash against Republican rule that began in the 2006 midterms – ending the supposed “permanent majority” in the Senate - and culminated in 2008 with the election of current President Barack Obama. The Revolution was over.

Or was it? While unmistakably starting strong, President Obama's current approval ratings place him just slightly above his abysmally regarded predecessor. Between a sluggish economy – whose “recovery” has yet to be felt by many Americans still desperately seeking work – and popular wariness over Obama's much-trumpeted healthcare plan, the Democratic party has paid for its President's poor image during the 2014 midterm elections: An 8-seat loss in the Senate has cost them their so recently won control of that chamber of congress, while a net loss of 15 seats in the House has forced them to cede a stronger majority in that chamber of congress, to a Republican party otherwise smarting from '06 and '08.

Considering their current position, the Republican party's prospects for the 2016 presidential election seem strong. History, of course, teaches them – or should teach them – not to carry forward too much cockiness from a successful midterm. Barring some tumultuous upheaval, the Republcan presidential candidate in 2016 will most likely be facing Hillary Clinton at the polls; no easy rival. But the wind is at their backs, with congress under their control and the opposition's President on the ropes. Everything depends on who gets blessed with the GOP nomination in 2016.








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Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)

A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.  

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida

Florida's only Republican two-term Governor, Jeb Bush is a heavyweight political contender who comes from a family of presidents. His left-leaning ideologies make him too liberal for the taste of some in his party, however, and his lineage could be hindrance rather than help.  

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
International entrepreneur and business professor

With experience in business management around the world, Dale Christensen is a self-described “first and foremost” family man who advocates a variety of conservative principles.  

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative

Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.  

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Conservative and Tea Party supporter

Michael Kinlaw is a conservative Republican who has strong opinions on a number of issues. His views put him right in line with a number of other conservatives likely to run in 2016. Kinlaw has no political background and has launched his campaign in his hometown of Houston.  

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Political Organizer in the State of Florida

Mr. Larose, aka 'Super PACman', is perhaps a perfect example of the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United ruling gone awry. He has formed over 41 political parties, 600 PACs and 60 Super PACs and run for three political offices at the same time, including president.  

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Successful entrepreneur and media personality

Affectionately known as “DML”, Lynch boasts a quarter-century of experience in building and managing successful businesses. He has also worked as a film producer, made public speeches and provided political commentary. He has appeared copiously on television and radio.  

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate

Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.  




Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Michigan

Mr. No, as he was known in the Michigan legislature, is the youngest member of the 2013 Republican freshmen class. Don’t let that fool you, however. Rep. Amash, the spiritual heir to Ron Paul in the eyes of many, is one of the most principled legislators in Congress.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New Hampshire

The former New Hampshire Attorney General, who once served as chief of the homicide unit at the state’s Attorney General Office early in her career, is one of the brightest stars of the Republican Party. Senator Ayotte currently sits on five Senate Committees.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Minnesota

The three-term Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota started off her political career as a Democrat before switching to the Republican platform during her final year at Winona State. At one stage in the 2012 nomination race, she even led the polls!  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Wyoming

The former medical doctor and president of the Wyoming Medical Society was elected to the state legislature in 2002. In June 2007, Senator Barrasso was selected to replace the vacant Wyoming Senate seat following the death of Senator Craig Thomas.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Missouri

The former seven-term member of the House was elected Senator in 2010, and since then, has quickly become one of the most influential conservatives in the Senate. The former schoolteacher is also the father of Matt Blunt, who was the Governor of Missouri from 2005 to 2009.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Iowa

Gov. Branstad is actually on his second stint as governor, serving for four terms previously between 1983 and 1999. His first stint ended quite spectacularly, when he left the state a record-breaking $895.9 million budget surplus.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

Sen. Brown became the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts in 38 years after winning the 2010 special election brought upon by passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy. The former JAG counsel is fondly remembered for campaigning from the back of a pickup truck in the 2010 election.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Kansas

Conventional wisdom argues that politicians aspiring for national offices must try to remain near the center. Apparently, Gov. Brownback did not get the memo. He is a proud conservative, and makes no apology about it – as evident during his short-lived 2008 presidential bid.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Mississippi

Armed with a degree in criminal justice, his adult career began as a deputy sheriff in Hinds County. While working as an insurance investigator several years later, Gov. Bryant was elected to the state legislature. 21 years on, the son of an auto mechanic was elected Governor.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Physician, Author and Citizen Politician

Ben Carson is an accomplished physician who is seen as a breath of fresh air in the world of politics. Now that he has left his position at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, he has stated that he is seriously contemplating a run for the White House in 2016.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, Fiscal Conservative, Outspoken Advocate

Jason Chaffetz is part of the young vanguard of Republican politicians with an eye towards a greater role on the national stage. The young conservative has built a political brand based on a strong believe in fiscal restraint, limited government, political transparency and a strong national defense.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey

Assurances given to a number of his biggest campaign contributors held Gov. Christie back from running in 2012, despite pleas from party luminaries such as former president George H.W. Bush. However, Gov. Christie has been slowly but surely positioning himself for a 2016 run.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Oklahoma

The social and fiscal conservative maverick once famously proclaimed that he “got a flat forehead from beating my head against the wall,” due to his frustration with the spiraling federal deficit. Sen. Coburn is noted for his fierce opposition to wasteful federal spending.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Pennsylvania

Following his election as state Attorney General in 2004, Gov. Corbett launched a corruption investigation that eventually saw 22 state legislators convicted. Riding on that wave of popularity, Gov. Corbett was elected the 46th Governor of Pennsylvania in 2010.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas

The Houston-born Senator Cornyn graduated from high school in Japan where his father was stationed with the Air Force. The noted fiscal conservative previously served as the Bexar County District Judge, an Assoc. Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Idaho

The Harvard graduate was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Six year later, Senator Crapo (pronounced cray-poh) was elected to the U.S. Senate. He is currently the ranking member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas

The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of North Dakota

The Yale graduate returned home after obtaining his degree to help manage the family's farm in Casselton. After serving in the state legislature for 24 years, Gov. Dalrymple finally ascended to the highest office in the state following the resignation of Gov. John Hoeven in 2010.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Indiana

The two-term former Governor of Indiana, a respected proponent of fiscal conservatism within the Republican Party, decided to withdraw from the 2012 presidential nomination race due to concerns about the privacy of his family. Will he make the leap in 2016?  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of South Dakota

Raised by deaf parents in a small dairy farm in Garretson, chances are, not many would've wagered on the phenomenal success that awaited him later in life. Working his way through college as a dishwasher, bus driver and security guard, Gov. Daugaard is the archetypal self-made man.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina

The rise of the tea party catapulted Senator DeMint into national prominence, and the most conservative member of the Senate became the de facto figurehead of the movement. Senator DeMint resigned from the Senate in January 2013 and is now the president of the Heritage Foundation.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Oklahoma

Gov. Fallin created history in 2010 when she became Oklahoma's first-ever female governor. Sixteen years earlier, the former two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives also became the state's first female Lieutenant Governor.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Nebraska

The little known Nebraskan rancher shocked many after emerging victorious in the 2012 Senate election, defeating the state Attorney General, Jon Bruning, and Treasurer, Don Stenberg, in the Republican primaries, and Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor, in the election proper.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina

The former Colonel with the USAF JAG unit has been one of the most recognized Republican faces in the post-2012 election era. However, his reputation as a compromise broker in Congress has taken a hit over his recent conversion into a foreign policy hawk.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of South Carolina

Gov. Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, served three terms in the state legislature starting from 2004. In 2010, with the support of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the tea party, Gov. Haley was elected governor, the first ever woman to do so in South Carolina.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Tennessee

The ex-president of the largest chain of truck stops in the state got his first taste of politics after being elected Mayor of Knoxville in 2003. Seven years later, Gov. Haslam stormed to victory in the gubernatorial election by the largest victory margin ever for a non-incumbent.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Nebraska

West Point graduate and Army Captain Gov. Dave Heineman is probably the most popular sitting Republican governor over the last several years. In 2006, Gov. Heineman swept into office with an incredible 74% of the votes enroute to defeating his Democratic challenger David Hahn.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Utah

Gov. Herbert was presented with the governorship in 2009 when the former governor, Jon Huntsman Jr., resigned to become the country's ambassador to China. Gov. Herbert won the office on his own right a year later after a resounding 32-point victory over Democrat Peter Corron.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Arkansas, Man of Faith and TV Personality

Mike Huckabee is an Evangelical Christian who never shies away from his faith. Since running for president in 2008, he has been a well known and popular talk show host appearing on the Fox News Channel. As 2016 approaches, Huckabee seems ready to give the presidency another try.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China

The 51-year old Mandarin speaking former Governor of Utah made a lot of enemies during his bid to be the 2012 Republican nominee for president. However, the charismatic technocrat's record as Governor is roundly considered as the party's best over the last three decades.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana

Gov. Jindal created history in 2008 when he became the first Indian American to be elected a state Governor. At the grand old age of 24, the Rhodes Scholar was appointed by Gov. Murphy Foster to manage the Health and Human Services Dept., the largest department in the state.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio

After his unsuccessful presidential bid in 2000, the nine-term member of the House took a break from politics and joined the private sector, most notably serving as the Managing Director of the now defunct Lehman Bros. His 2010 comeback saw him elected the 69th Governor of Ohio.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from New York

Representing New York's 2nd Congressional District, King has had a long and extremely successful political career. He is a former city councilman and comptroller, before being elected to congress in 1992. He represents the establishment wing of the Republican Party.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Mexico

The former District Attorney for Doña Ana County created history when she was became the country’s first female Hispanic governor in 2011. Gov. Martinez, whose great-grandfather is Mexican freedom fighter Gen. Toribia Ortega, used to work as a security guard while in college.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of North Carolina

The former basketball referee and seven-term Mayor of Charlotte easily defeated Democratic challenger Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton in the November 2012 gubernatorial election, becoming the state's first Republican Governor in almost twenty years.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wyoming

Gov. Mead was picked from relative obscurity by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be the U.S. attorney for Wyoming. In 2007, he was elected to the Senate. Four years later, the rancher pumped in $1 million of his own fortune to finance his successful gubernatorial campaign.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kansas

After serving eight years in the state legislature, including two years as Majority Leader, the former banker and attorney moved to the national stage after being elected to the House of Representatives in 1996. In 2010, Senator Moran was elected to the U.S. Senate.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Idaho

There were some who predicted the end of Gov. Otter's political career following his drunk driving conviction in 1993. However, not only has the ex-president of Simplot, the French fries giant, recovered, he is now widely seen as the flag bearer of conservative fiscal ideology.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Alaska

The self-described “hockey mom” burst unto the national consciousness following her selection as the running mate of Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Gov. Palin has since firmly established a reputation as one of the most influential conservative speakers today.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kentucky

Sen. Paul finally emerged from the huge shadow of his larger than life father, maverick Republican Ron Paul, when he was selected to deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s SOTU address in 2013, and in the process, cementing his de facto leadership of the movement.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Indiana

The conservative favorite, who previously served six-terms in the House of Representatives, was elected Governor in November 2012. After bowing out of the nomination race early in the previous cycle, there will be renewed calls for Gov. Pence to toss his hat in the ring in 2016.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Texas

After his ultimately underwhelming performance in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, will surely be looking forward to 2016 and launch probably his final attempt at securing the Republican presidential nomination.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Small businessman, consultant and college professor

Experienced in both the private and public sectors, Phillips has been a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, education and job creation and training. He wants to lower taxes and eliminate tax & spend policies that harm children, business owners and the middle-class.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State

Ms. Rice, who once dreamed about being a concert pianist, is one of the most polarizing national figures in recent years. The former Stanford professor, who had a supertanker named after her, is frequently described as former president George W. Bush's closest advisor.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Massachusetts, Businessman and two-time Republican candidate for president

Having enjoyed enormous success in the business world, Romney has twice made an unsuccessful but tenacious bid for the presidency. In politics, his affluence and occasional aloofness have earned him the ire of those who feel he is out of touch with the American working class.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida

Barely three years since his election to the Senate, the former West Miami City Commissioner is now viewed as one of the key players in the Republican Party. The tea party favorite is expected to feature very prominently in the 2016 presidential election. Watch this space, folks.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin

The dashing House Budget Committee chairman, seven-term Wisconsin Congressman, and the de facto leader of the House conservatives was Gov. Mitt Romney's running mate in his unsuccessful run for president in 2012. Ryan is expected to feature prominently again in the 2016 race.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Nevada

Former Nevada Circuit judge, state Attorney General, Chairman of the powerful Nevada Gaming Commission and two-term member of the Nevada Assembly - it would not be an exaggeration to say that Gov. Sandoval presence extends to every corner of the state government.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania

The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania is widely expected to make another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016. With a small but loyal base behind him, Senator Santorum would be looking to expand his demographic appeal over the next three years.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Michigan

The former professor, venture capitalist, accountant and IT executive emerged from out of the blue to win the 2010 gubernatorial election. Running on a social conservative platform and gun rights, Gov. Snyder defeated his Democratic rival Virg Bernero by an impressive 18 percent.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Lawyer, speechwriter, political commentator and actor

The former speechwriter for former presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford is a noted economic commentator on the Republican speaking circuit. In acting, Mr. Stein is most remembered for his portrayal of an economics teacher in the 80s hit, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

The former Congressman returned to Washington in style in 2010 after being elected to the Senate as part of the tea party revolution. The conservative Senator currently heads the Senate Steering Committee and is part of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin

Gov. Walker’s proposed Wisconsin Act 10 triggered a wave of controversy that forced a recall election in his second year in office. However, Gov. Walker prevailed and achieved the distinction of becoming the country’s first governor to survive a recall election.  




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