As late as the summer of 2015, none of the declared Democratic presidential candidates were expected to win the 2016 presidential election. After all, since the advent of the two-party system, the Democrats have won three consecutive elections only twice before: once in 1836 when Martin Van Buren won following the two terms of fellow Democrat Andrew Jackson, and the second time in 1940 when Franklin D. Roosevelt won the third of his four terms in office.

This partly explains the relatively few numbers of credible Democratic presidential candidates. The massive defeat to the Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections also cast a gloomy prospect on the chances of the Democrats winning the presidency in 2016.

However, the almost civil war that is currently engulfing the Republican Party has been received like manna from heaven. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the Democrats have emerged as the favorites to come out on tops this November. Shockingly, a few senior GOP leaders have also conceded the race, and are now looking forward to the 2018 midterms.

The improved national economic outlook, record-low unemployment rate and 72 consecutive months of private-sector job growth - a reminder of the economic bounce experienced under every Democratic president since World War II - is also increasing the favorability of the party. President Barack Obama’s steady rise in approval ratings also means he will not weigh down the Democratic Party like how his predecessor, George W. Bush, did to the Republican Party and John McCain in 2008.

A potential third and fourth consecutive Democratic term has also raised hopes that the party will try to shift a little to the left once again after occupying the center-right position in the political spectrum since the late 80s.

The only thing left to do now is to select a nominee for president. Despite the emergence of several young and talented national-level leaders in the party, the nomination race has narrowed down to two familiar faces: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the progressive Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, who interestingly, isn’t even a Democrat.

The nomination process is a grueling race of 70 primaries, causes and conventions spread over 18 weeks across 50 states, a federal district and five territories. At stake is 4,765 delegates (including 714 superdelegates), and the first candidate to secure half of that, or 2,383 delegates, will be officially nominated by the party as its nominee at the 47th Democratic National Convention which will be held between July 25 and July 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The two candidates have been trying to run a clean and positive campaign, in the interest of party unity and to demonstrate a contrast with the campaigns of their Republican counterparts – and for the most, part, they have succeeded. Additionally, in line with long-held Democratic tradition, both Secretary Clinton and Mr. Sanders have pledged to close ranks and support the eventual winner of the race.





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Democratic Candidate 2016 Harry Braun
 
Deeply concerned about environmental disaster, Harry Braun looks to the construction of arcologies for shelter from the coming chaos. He also worries about bribery and corruption in government, and seeks a Constitutional Convention to pass an amendment giving direct control to the American people.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
BBC's World Historic Figure for Anti-GMO Activism
2016 Democratic Candidate  Andy Caffrey
 
A strong environmentalist and advocate against genetically modified organisms, Andy Caffrey is the first Democratic candidate to run on a platform of truly green politics. He is an accomplished and passionate man with campaign experience, and has turned his focus to the White House.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent
2016 Democratic Candidate  Willie Carter
 
This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.

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Attorney
2016 Democratic Candidate  Lloyd Kelso
 
Born to poverty, Kelso is no stranger to hard work. He believes the middle class has been disenfranchised in modern America, and feels it's important to rectify that by lowering or eliminating taxes on the less fortunate. Socially, however, he sojourns to the right on foreign policy and Second Amendment issues.

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Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont and Former Mayor of Burlington
Democratic Candidate 2016 Bernie Sanders
 
Generally regarded as a Democrat, Sanders is in fact the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. Having held office as both Vermont's at-large congressional representative and Mayor of the city of Burlington, he is currently the sitting junior Senator of Vermont.

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Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
2016 Democratic Candidate  Robby Wells
 
The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Whistle Blower
2016 Democratic Candidate  Jeff Boss
 
Fairly mundane liberal politics with a few conservative leanings are couched in a superlatively suspicious mind in Jeff Boss. He believes that the NSA is bugging his phone and trying to poison him in an effort to cover up the truth about 9/11, but Democrats would find little extreme about most of his policy standings.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
Democratic Presidential Candidate Roque de La Fuente
 
Rocky De La Fuente is a born businessman who has owned firms in a number of industries throughout his life. He is running for the Democratic nomination, but his positions on issues such as the economy, energy independence, and military readiness would find welcome in some of the nation's most conservative quarters.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification
Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Doug Shreffler
 
Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Job Creator
2016 Democratic Candidate  Howell Astor
 
If you ask Howell Astor, unemployment is the biggest problem facing America. He wants to do something about that, by putting people back to work and stopping the flow of American jobs to China. He also doesn't have many nice things to say about Hillary Clinton, and he's a Democrat today because he wanted to take her on.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Executive Director – Bonpasse Exoneration Services
Democratic Presidential Candidate Morrison Bonpasse
 
A trained legal expert with deep concerns about the American prison system, Bonpasse runs a nonprofit organization that seeks to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. He's also globally-minded, putting humanity first in a way not often seen in prospective American presidents.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled
Democratic Candidate 2016 Michael Steinberg
 
Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
 
Hillary Clintons’ entry into the 2016 election was never in doubt. Her defeat to President Obama in the 2008 nomination process is a distant memory now, but her subsequent gracious and powerful endorsement speech lingers in the minds of many. With extensive frontline and behind-the-scenes political experience under her belt, Secretary Clinton has emerged as the Democratic and national frontrunner in the race.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Chicago businessman, philanthropist and recording artist
2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Wilson
 
Willie Wilson is a classic rags-to-riches American success story. The poor Louisiana boy who fled conditions he considered to be virtual slavery and once worked as a janitor for $2 an hour eventually came to own the stores he used to mop. Now, a self-made man, he brings a liberal voice to the presidential race.

2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Information Manager
Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Brad Winslow
 
Brad Winslow believes the federal government is a business owned by the American people – a business whose managers are insufficiently accountable to their bosses. He reveals few of his policy ideas, but he's passionate about one goal: The “Public House Amendment” to the constitution.



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Presidential Election 2016
Pawel Kuczynski
 
To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 1000 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

We profile all official candidates, from all political parties, on a level platform. Some may be nutcases, but most are respectable individuals with legitimate positions on the issues. Any officially registered candidates not included may be fictitious, or have insufficient available information from which to build a profile.

We don’t know if any of these candidates would make a better president than a career politician, just as there's no guarantee that any of the 2016 campaign promises will actually be kept.

Word of mouth and today's web of social networks empower 'We the People' to promote a candidate more effectively than any media conglomerate, and subsequently scrutinize their every detail in thousands of national online platforms.

Take a look at the candidates, visit their websites and if you find them worthy of being given a chance, share their candidacy with friends and family.

May the best person win!

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 • Howell Astor
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 • Lincoln Chafee   ◄ WITHDRAWN
 • Hillary Clinton
 • Lloyd Kelso
 • Roque de La Fuente
 • Larry Lessig   ◄ WITHDRAWN
 • Martin O'Malley   ◄ WITHDRAWN
 • Bernie Sanders
 • Doug Shreffler
 • Michael Steinberg
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