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Democratic Candidates 2016

Democrat candidates

With the November 8 deadline approaching, just two Democratic candidates are left in the race to the White House. While it looks certain that Hillary Clinton would clinch the Democratic Party nomination, Bernie Sanders is not giving up and will fight till the end. Let us take a look at all the Democratic contenders – those who are in the fray and those who withdrew.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary put up a good show and is almost on the verge of winning the nomination. Clinton has already served as the First Lady of the United States, US Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, Junior United States Senator representing New York and the First Lady of Arkansas. On April 12, 2015, Clinton announced her candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections. As of May 31, 2016, she has won 27 states with a total delegate count of 2,292. She just needs 92 more delegates to win the presidential nomination.

Bernie Sanders

On May 26, 2015, Bernie Sanders announced that he would be running for President in the 2016 presidential elections. Though he did give some competition to Hillary Clinton, but it was not good enough for him to win the nomination. The Vermont Senator has 1,544 delegates and needs a whopping 840 delegates out of the 929 remaining ones to win the nomination which seems an impossible task.

Martin O'Malley

On May 30, 2015, Martin O'Malley announced that he would be running for president in the 2016 US presidential elections. However, the Iowa Caucus proved a huge disappointment for O'Malley as a poor performance forced him to exit from the race to the White House. He was able to receive only 0.6% of state delegate equivalents awarded in the caucuses in comparison to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders who received over 49 per cent each.

Lincoln Chaffee

On June 3, 2015, Lincoln Chaffee announced that he would be running for the 2016 elections. However, the former Governor of Rhode Island had to withdraw from the race primarily due to paltry fund-raising and a debate performance which was heavily criticized. In October 2015, Chaffee announced that he would withdraw from the race.

Jim Webb

The former United States Senator from Virginia, Jim Webb announced on July 2, 2015 that he would contest US Presidential elections . On October 20, 2015, Webb announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy from the Democratic president race in favor of possibly running an independent. However, by February 11, 2016, he ruled out making an independent presidential bid, withdrawing completely from the presidential race.

Lawrence Lessig

Professor at Harvard Law School, Lawrence Lessig announced that he would be running for the post of the US President on September 6, 2015. However, barely two months later, on November 2, 2015, Lessig announced that he would be withdrawing from the race.

Last Updated on: June 13, 2016