Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Government

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

See also

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
Advertisement

News

  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
    Headlines
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!