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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2016 Democratic Candidate  Hillary Clinton
 
Hillary Clintons’ entry into the 2016 presidential election was never in doubt. While her defeat to President Obama in the 2008 nomination race is a distant memory now, her subsequent gracious and powerful endorsement speech lingers in the minds of many. With her extensive frontline and behind-the-scenes political experience, Secretary Clinton has virtually, and quite comfortably, sealed her status as the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party and is currently the favorite to win the November general election.

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Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont and Former Mayor of Burlington
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
 
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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Former U.S. Senator and Governor from Rhode Island
Democratic Presidential CandidateLincoln Chafee
 

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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Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Larry Lessig
 

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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Democratic Candidate 2016Martin O'Malley
 

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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2016 Democratic Candidate Jim Webb
 

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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The 2016 Presidential Election is unlike any seen in recent times. In fact, it may well be the most important since 1860, for one very simple reason. The 45th President could potentially be selecting up to four new Supreme Court Justices to replace the aging Ruth Bader Ginsburg (82), Anthony Kennedy (79), Stephen Breyer (77) and recently deceased Antonin Scalia - almost half of the nine-person lineup of the United States Supreme Court. With a historical 25-year average tenure, these lifetime appointments will directly determine the political, ideological and socioeconomic direction of the country for the next three decades, and indirectly thereafter.

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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.

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