United States presidential election, 2016

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United States presidential election, 2016
November 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nominee Hillary Clinton
(presumptive)
Donald Trump
(presumptive)
Party Democrat Republican
Home state New York New York
Running mate TBD TBD
Gary Johnson by Gage Skidmore 4 (cropped).jpg Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nominee Gary Johnson Jill Stein
(presumptive)
Party Libertarian Green
Home state New Mexico Massachusetts
Running mate William Weld TBD
United States presidential election, 2016

The 2016 election for President of the United States will take place on Tuesday, November 8. Voters will elect the next President and the next Vice President of the United States.

Background[change | change source]

Article Two of the United States Constitution provides that for a person to be elected and serve as President of the United States, the individual must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for a period of no less than 14 years.

Candidates for the presidency typically seek the nomination of one of the various political parties of the United States, in which case each party devises a method (such as a primary election) to choose the candidate the party deems best suited to run for the position. The party's delegates then officially nominate a candidate to run on the party's behalf.

Democratic Party[change | change source]

Active candidates[change | change source]

The candidates included in this section have been listed in five or more major independent nationwide polls.

Democratic Party (United States)
Candidates below have received delegates in various primaries and caucuses.
Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders
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Bernie Sanders in January 2016 by Gage Skidmore (cropped) edited.jpeg
67th
United States Secretary of State
(2009–2013)
from New York
(Presumptive nominee)
U.S. Senator from Vermont
(2007–present)
Campaign Campaign
[1][2][3] [4][5]

Withdrawn candidates[change | change source]

Republican Party[change | change source]

Presumptive nominee[change | change source]

Republican Party (United States)
Donald Trump
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Chairman of
The Trump Organization
(1971–present)
Campaign
[18][19][20]

Withdrawn candidates[change | change source]

Major Third parties[change | change source]

Green Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 296 Electoral Votes: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin[73]

Active candidates[change | change source]

Green Party (United States)
Candidates included in this section have received one or more delegates in various primaries and caucuses.
Darryl Cherney Sedinam Curry William Kreml Kent Mesplay Jill Stein
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Sedinam Curry.png
Bill Kreml 2.jpg
Kent Mesplay by Gage Skidmore.jpg
JillStein Tar Sands Blockade (cropped).jpg
Earth First! organizer and musician from California 29th People's National Convention
organizer from California[74]
Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
University of South Carolina[74]
Inspector at the Air Pollution Control
District of San Diego County
(2001–2015)[74]
Town Meeting member
from Lexington, Massachusetts
(2005–2011)[74]
Presumptive nominee
Campaign

Withdrawn candidates[change | change source]

Libertarian Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 332 electoral votes: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming[76]

Nominee[change | change source]

Libertarian Party (United States)
Gary Johnson
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29th
Governor of New Mexico
(1995–2003)
Campaign
[77][78]

Withdrawn candidates[change | change source]

Other parties[change | change source]

American Freedom Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 6 electoral votes: Mississippi[87]

  • Bob Whitaker, white nationalist and paleoconservative political activist from South Carolina.[88] Vice-presidential nominee: Tom Bowie, from Maryland[89]

Independent American Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 18 Electoral Votes: New Mexico, Oregon, Utah[90]

  • Farley Anderson, activist from Utah.[90] Vice Presidential nominee: Vacant

Party for Socialism and Liberation[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 29 electoral votes: Florida[91]

Prohibition Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 21 electoral votes: Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi[93][94][95]

  • James Hedges, Tax Assessor for Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania 2002–2007;[96][97] vice-presidential nominee: Bill Bayes of Mississippi[96]

Peace and Freedom Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 84 electoral votes: California, Florida[98][99]

  • Gloria La Riva, newspaper printer and activist, from New Mexico[100]

Socialist Party USA[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 0 electoral votes[95]

  • Mimi Soltysik, former National Co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from California;[101] vice-presidential nominee: Angela Walker of Wisconsin[101]

Nutrition Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 9 electoral votes: Colorado[93]

  • Rod Silva, restaurateur from New Jersey;[102][103] Vice-presidential nominee: Vacant

Veterans Party of America[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 6 electoral votes: Mississippi[104]

  • Chris Keniston, reliability engineer from Texas;[105] vice-presidential nominee: Deacon Taylor of Nevada[106]

Workers World Party[change | change source]

Ballot Access to 0 electoral votes

  • Monica Moorehead, perennial candidate and activist from New Jersey;[107] vice-Presidential nominee: Lamont Lilly[107]

Independents[change | change source]

Publicly expressed interest[change | change source]

Possible battleground states[change | change source]

Potential battleground states include Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.[119] Democrats have discussed targeting Arizona, Georgia, and Texas as potentially competitive states.[119] Meanwhile, Republicans may also target Minnesota and New Jersey.[120] Other states may also become competitive if the close races of 2016 differ from the close races of the 2012 election, or if 2016 becomes a landslide election.

Party conventions[change | change source]

Map of United States showing Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Orlando
Philadelphia
Cleveland
Orlando
Sites of the 2016 national party conventions.
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Libertarian Party

Debates[change | change source]

On April 1, 2015, the Commission on Presidential Debates a (CPD) announced that each of the following 16 locations are under consideration to host one of the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate:[126]

The three locations which will host the presidential debates and the one location selected to host the vice presidential debate are to be announced by the CPD in the fall of 2015.[127][126]

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