GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Who’s in? Who’s out? You need a scorecard to keep up with all the candidates in the 2016 presidential election.
Already seeking the Republican nomination are U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former technology executive Carly Fiorina. Also running are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former New York Gov. George Pataki, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
This is a big field likely to grow. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be the next to say he’s in next week. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich all could get on board soon. And there are others.
The question is whether some potential candidates will say enough is enough or if they will see opportunity in splitting the voters in early primaries.
Further complicating matters are Fox News’ plans to allow only the top 10 in the first debate. Those who poll the best in the week leading up to the August debate will be invited. In at least one case, the others will get a chance to appear prior to the big event. That creates kind of a race within the race for candidates on the GOP side.
As for Democrats, despite former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s position as the clear frontrunner early on, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley say they’re in. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia is likely to jump in, as well.
That is a total of 20 Republicans and Democrats who are currently being seen as serious candidates or candidates in waiting for this election cycle.