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Now I will focus on the Republican Candidates for President in the U.S. Presidential Election of 2016. Originally, there were 17 candidates for the nomination-yes, 17! Now only five remain.

The first to withdraw were Rick Perry, governor of Texas 2000-2015, and Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin 2011-Present. Both withdrew in September of 2015, before the ballot deadline. After the deadline, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana 2008-2016 suspended his campaign in November. Lindsey Graham, senator from South Carolina 2003-Present, and George Pataki, governor of New York 1995-2006- both withdrew in late December.

There were also many candidates who withdrew during the early primaries. Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas 1996-2007 withdrew on February 1st, 2016 due to low numbers in the Iowa Caucus. Rand Paul, senator from Kentucky 2011-Present, and Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania 1995-2007 both withdrew on February 3rd after disappointing numbers in the Iowa Caucus.

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey 2011-Present, and Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard- both suspended their campaigns on February 10th due to low numbers in the New Hampshire primary. Jim Gilmore, governor of Virginia 1998-2002, withdrew two days later for the same reason. Jeb Bush, governor of Florida 1999-2007 withdrew on February 20th due to low numbers in the South Carolina Primary.

The five candidates still remaining as of today are: Ben Carson of Maryland, former director of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, John Kasich, governor of Ohio 2011-Present, Ted Cruz, senator from Texas 2013-Present, Marco Rubio, senator from Florida 2011-Present, and the frontrunner, Donald Trump, chairman of the Trump Organization 1971-Present.

 

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