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It's an interesting time to be a Democrat in American politics. As recently as 2008, the donkeys had it made: having managed to alienate nearly everyone across the political spectrum, Republican George W. Bush was on his way out as one of the least popular presidents in US history and taking with him the GOP dominance in congress and any momentum his party might have hoped to enjoy in the coming presidential race. Republican primaries were notoriously fragmented, with numerous potential nominees meaning that most voters were disappointed with the final choice. And that choice was, in an arguably desperate appeal to American exasperation with the right, the decidedly left-leaning conservative Senator John McCain.

The result was the election of the nation's first African-American President, Barack Obama; a man so favored in the race by simple virtue of anti-Republican fervor among the electorate, that there were those accusing him of running on a platform no more substantive than the slogan hope and change. Republicans tried to unseat him in 2012 with another Republican of dubious right-wing credentials, Mitt Romney, but Americans just weren't ready to forgive the GOP yet. Despite having proven no superstar of a commander in chief in the eyes of the public, Obama won reelection convincingly.

In the past four years, sentiment towards the president has scarcely warmed: Never in danger of receiving Christmas cards from the right, Obama has disappointed many of those on the left, especially environmentalists whose hoped-for change was an emphasis on green policies that they feel has failed to materialize. Frustration over only modest improvements to the economy, meanwhile, have threatened to turn public sentiment against the Democrats in a manner similar to what was experienced by Republicans in the post-Bush era.

With elections soon to be upon us, it may well be the Democrats who now must face the challenge of retaining power in the face of an outbound two-term President of limited popularity. It's a tall order which Republicans, eight years ago, were not able to meet. But might the Democrats have momentum now that the GOP wasn't in a position to muster then?

When Bush was on his way out, Barack Obama offered a charismatic candidate promising a new direction away from policies of which the nation was undeniably fatigued. There's a case to be made that Democrats have a great deal more than that today, as Hillary Clinton the party's darling child is a political superstar of a caliber that Obama never was. She boasts over two decades of experience in government, including but by no means limited to eight years already spent in the White House as First Lady. She has the support of virtually every major Democrat in congress, which ties into her impressive fund-raising abilities. And superficially (but nevertheless significantly), she offers the United States its first female President in history. Whatever she's doing has been working: Clinton is the clear Democratic frontrunner.

Still, she is far from a sure thing. Though she enjoys wide support among Democrats and even undecided voters particularly women Clinton is reeling from the sting of not one, but two major scandals. From her time as Secretary of State, she is accused of ignoring requests for additional security for the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi immediately prior to the terrorist attack at that facility, and also of using her own private e-mail server to handle and discuss sensitive state documents in a manner that may have opened the door to espionage. These charges have had a serious impact on her polling numbers. She's been on a downward trend for months, at times plummeting precipitously in as little as a week. Worse, the scandals aren't going anywhere anytime soon. New information frequently emerges about the e-mails, while Clinton is scheduled to testify before congress in October about Benghazi.

And on top of it all, quite aside from her troubles of the moment, it would not be unprecedented for Hillary Clinton to drop the political ball. Barack Obama may not have had her name recognition, experience, or support within the party in 2008 but he beat her for the Democratic nomination, and she was at the head of the pack for a long time then, too. And at the same time as Clinton is weakening, the Republican party may be coalescing: Donald Trump has built a commanding lead in the race for the GOP nomination, discrediting criticisms of Republican disunity.

If Clinton should fail, then Senator Bernard Bernie Sanders is well-liked and poised to take the Democratic nomination. But there are murmurs of other Democratic runs as well, from popular individuals who could make the race entirely uncertain. Vice President Joe Biden is frequently encouraged to throw his hat into the ring, while Elizabeth Warren and Jerry Brown have also been mentioned. There has even been talk of encore performances by John Kerry and Al Gore, two men who have already secured the Democratic nomination in the past (one of them, Al Gore, even went on to win the popular vote in the general election, losing the electoral college in one of the closest races in US history).

In short, it may well be too early to predict the outcome of the struggle for the Democratic nod. Too many variables remain outstanding to support a responsible guess. The only thing certain now is that whatever her challenges, Hillary Clinton cannot be counted out. Despite the heavy weight of scandal dragging down her numbers, she continues to register double-digit leads over her nearest opponent.

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Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Job Creator
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Chicago businessman, philanthropist and recording artist
Declared 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Martin O'Malley
There’s probably only a handful of serving governors that could rival Gov. O’Malley’s success in Maryland. Aside from overseeing a 40% reduction in crime rate, his successful legislative agenda, most notably recognition for same-sex marriages, bears testament to the fact.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Executive Director – Bonpasse Exoneration Services
Declared 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Professor of Law
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate  Larry Lessig
Other candidates spend a lot of time telling you about their policies and intentions should they win the presidency, and understandably so – but not Larry Lessig. The self-styled “referendum candidate” has only one issue: The passing of a fundamental reform bill. Once that's done, he says, he's out, and his Vice President can take over.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senior Scientist
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Information Manager
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Whistle Blower
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
BBC's World Historic Figure for Anti-GMO Activism
Declared Democratic 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator and Governor from Rhode Island
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee has served various roles in politics as Republican, Independent, and Democrat. His policies defy strict labeling, which has made it hard for him to build a camp and may hamper his 2016 presidential campaign bid.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont and Former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
Others' names have been spoken, but Hillary Rodham Clinton is still the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016. As she takes her place in the public spotlight, it appears she's assumed the role, for her party and in history.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Veteran, author, former Senator from Virginia and bi-partisan lawmaker
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Jim Webb
Jim Webb is a decorated veteran, accomplished author and former Senator who often worked across party lines. Webb worked in the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan, and served as a Democratic Senator after defeating incumbent GOP Senator George Allen of Virginia.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Declared Democratic Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent
Declared Democratic Presidential 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”.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Business Owner
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Cody Robert Judy
Cody Judy is the next great prophet of the Mormon church – in his opinion. He made a bomb threat related to that conviction and has served time in prison for it. Politically, he's a hardcore conservative who calls for minefields along the Mexican border, though he's running as a Democrat.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate 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.

 Potential Democratic Party Presidential Candidates 
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Vice-President of the United States
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Prior to his election as VP, Mr. Biden was already one of the most influential men in Washington, chairing the powerful Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees for a record-breaking three terms each. The ex-Delaware Senator is also the 15th-longest serving Senator in history.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Elizabeth Warren

When conservatives speak of the beauty and dignity of Americans achieving greatness from humble beginnings, it is ironic that they are describing – among others – the life story of the very liberal Elizabeth Warren. From humble beginnings as a waitress, she has risen to become Senior Senator of Massachusetts.

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