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 when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson contested the 1796 presidential election, 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 participating in the nomination process. The massive defeat to the Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections also cast a gloomy prospect on the chances of a Democratic candidate winning the presidency in 2016.

However, the rancorous Republican nomination race which ultimately saw Donald Trump emerging triumphant amidst never-before-seen scenes of public infighting has been received like manna from heaven by the Democrats. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the Democrats’ hopes have been rekindled and they have emerged as the favorites to come out on tops this November. Shockingly, a few senior GOP leaders have actually conceded the race, and are now developing post-election strategies for the 2018 midterms and 2020 general election.

The improved national economic outlook, record-low unemployment rates and 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 party’s favorability ratings. 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 and the energetic campaign of second-placed Bernie Sanders have also raised hopes that the party will realign a little to the left once again after occupying the center-right position in the national political spectrum since the mid-80s.

Hillary Clinton, who emerged victorious after a grueling process consisting of 70 primaries, caucuses and conventions spread over 18 weeks across 50 states, a federal district and five territories, is now perfectly positioned to sweep the polls in November’s election after weathering the ‘Emailgate’ storm relatively unscathed. As usual though, their victory will likely come down to voter turnout, which has so often proven to be their Achilles Heels in recent elections.





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The former Jesuit missionary, law professor and attorney once won a record $100 million judgement against an insurance company for discriminatory lending practices. Despite his successful private practice, the call of public service ultimately proved to be too strong for Sen. Kaine, and he was elected to serve as the Mayor of Richmond in 1998. The father of three would go on to serve as the Lt. Governor of Virginia and Governor of Virginia. Today, Sen. Kaine serves in the U.S. Senate and sits on four committees.

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Mr. Chafee entered the Democratic nomination race with a unique tripartisan appeal – he was elected to the Senate as a Republican, won the Rhode Island governorship as an Independent, and served as the co-chair of President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. However, he never gained a foothold in the contest, and following a widely panned performance in the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, announced the suspension of his campaign on October 23, 2015.

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Respected Harvard law professor and co-founder of the revolutionary Creative Commons licensing system, Larry Lessig, announced his candidacy for the Democratic primaries on September 6, 2015 after his exploratory committee successfully raised over a million dollars in just 30 days. Mr. Lessig, who received high-profile celebrity endorsements from the likes of Star Wars director J. J. Abrams and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, suspended his campaign less than two months later after accusing the Democratic National Committee of actively marginalizing his campaign.

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His successful progressive governorship of Maryland has elevated the moderate Democrat into one of the rising stars of the party, and inevitably, there were high expectations surrounding his candidacy. However, Gov. O’Malley struggled to impose himself in the polls despite attracting a slew of endorsements, and rarely breached the 10% mark. The former Mayor of Baltimore finally announced the suspension of his campaign after an underwhelming performance in the opening caucus in Iowa, where he finished third with less than 1% of the votes.

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Despite his status as an independent, the self-professed democratic socialist was granted special dispensation by the Democratic National Committee to participate in the primaries in recognition of his solidarity with the Democrats in Congressional voting. Unexpectedly though, Sen. Sanders managed to draw in the support of the most liberal elements in the party and has emerged as the strongest opponent to Hillary Clinton. However, his refusal to withdraw from the race despite a very low chance of winning and an aggressive anti-Hillary campaign is beginning to draw criticisms from some quarters.

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The highly-decorated Vietnam vet has a very interesting and eclectic resume. He has served as, at various times, a U.S. Senator, an Emmy-winning journalist, an official of the Reagan administration, and a Marine – and he is also a best-selling author. Nevertheless, the Republican-turned-Democrat failed to translate his wide experience into support, and was excluded from the majority of polls. Despite a respectable performance in the first Democratic presidential debate in Nevada on October 13, 2015, Sen. Webb withdrew from the race a week later. Since then, Sen. Webb has announced that he will not be voting for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election and has not rule out voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump.


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