The 2016 presidential race promises to be one of the most exciting in a general because there is no incumbent president running, which means both major parties will have open primaries with several candidates seeking each party nomination. Both parties have a number of senator and members of Congress and governors who could be possible presidential candidates in 2016.
It should be remembered that there are many months, including the 2014 Congressional and Senate mid-term elections as well, before the candidates officially begin to campaign for the 2016 presidential race. That leaves a lot of time for a lot of things to change, and candidates to get in or get out or possibly many aspects of this political picture to change.
This list is the first tier, as of now, of the Democrat candidates, or likely Democrat candidates, for 2016. The party is divided between the more progressive faction that is likely to support Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, versus the more moderate faction of the party that will likely support someone like Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who as someone who supported Gary Hart over Walter Mondale in the 1984 Democratic primaries, appears to be the only relatively moderate candidate in the 2016 Democratic field.
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