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2016 presidential election 'quick-pic': GOP provides list of 32 hopefuls

Will Ted Cruz be the Tea Party fave for 2016?
Will Ted Cruz be the Tea Party fave for 2016?
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Conservatives and liberals are wondering, some aloud, who the 2016 Republican presidential candidates will be. On Jan. 15, 2014, the Republican National Committee made a presidential straw poll available listing 32 potential candidates for conservatives.

From moderates to Tea Party favorites the names are all there, including former Alaska Governor and former vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and the libertarian all-time favorite former Texas Senator Ron Paul. The poll asks users to pick their three top choices from the 32.

For many conservatives, the 2012 Republican presidential primaries dragged because many thought 13 candidates were at least ten too many. However, this straw poll suggests that as many as 32 might consider dropping their hat or their heels into the presidential ring of potential nominees if there is enough enthusiasm for them to go for it.

That's enough to make even a Tea Party supporter groan and the Republican establishment whine. A list that long is just begging to be culled, and obviously, the Republican Party thinks it's never too early to test the winds of fortune for the wanna-bees. It is also, of course, a fund raiser. After making their three top selections, conservatives are offered an opportunity to donate.

No results are available yet of the top three choices. The list of potential nominees are:

  1. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire
  2. Haley Barbour, former Mississippi governor
  3. John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations
  4. Jeb Bush, former Florida governor
  5. Herman Cain, a radio host
  6. Ben Carson, author and neurosurgeon
  7. Chris Christie, New Jersey governor
  8. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas
  9. Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor
  10. Newt Gingrich, former House speaker
  11. Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor
  12. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor
  13. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor
  14. John Kasich, Ohio governor
  15. Rep. Peter King, of New York
  16. Susana Martinez, New Mexico governor
  17. Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor
  18. Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky
  19. Former Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas
  20. Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor
  21. Mike Pence, Indiana governor
  22. Rick Perry, Texas governor
  23. Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio
  24. Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state
  25. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida
  26. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin
  27. Brian Sandoval, Nevada governor
  28. Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator
  29. Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina
  30. Sen. John Thune, of South Dakota
  31. Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor
  32. Former Rep. Allen West, of Florida
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