2016 ← January 3rd to June 5, 2020 → 2024

Nominee Paul Ryan Marco Rubio Chris Christie
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state Wisconsin Florida New Jersey
States carried 28 + D.C. 14 5
Popular vote 11,008,042 5,972,753 1,400,446
Percentage 41 % 27 % 13 %

Nominee Mike Huckabee Rand Paul
Party Republican Republican
Home state Arkansas Kentucky
States carried 2 1
Popular vote 1,259,374 1,032,732
Percentage 10 % 9 %

Republican Presidential primaries

Candidates :

  • Paul Ryan, U.S Representative from Wisconsin since 1999, 2012 Vice Presidential Nominee, 2016 presidential candidate (Nominee)
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida since 2011
  • Chris Christie, U.S. Senator from New Jersey since 2019, Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018, 2016 presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, 2008 presidential candidate, 2016 presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul, U.S Senator from Kentucky since 2011, 2016 preidential candidate
  • Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana since 2008, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2005–2008
  • Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin since 2011

The 2020 Republican presidential primaries are a wide open race. To win the nomination, a candidate must reach over 1191 delegates. Four years after his loss to Jeb Bush in second position, Paul Ryan launches another presidential bid. His main opponents are Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul. In the beginning of the race, Ryan and Rubio are the clear frontrunners. Ryan runs on his experience in economy and in budget and on his past as Vice-Presidential nominee eight years ago. As an Hispanic, Rubio represents the American Dream and designed the comprehensive immigration reform bill that gives to illegal immigrants the access to the American citizenship. This bill become a law by it's approvement in the Senate in 2013 and in the House of the Representatives in 2017, which gave him enough popularity to run for President. Marco Rubio attacks Ryan for being the running mate of a losing presidential candidate and says that he may have been a better running mate for Mitt Romney by attracting the state of Florida and more Hispanic votes. Ryan replied by saying that despite the fact he was the running mate of James M. Cox, a losing presidential candidate from the Democratic Party in 1920, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidency twelve years later. Rubio replied by saying « Congressman, you are no Franklin Delano Roosevelt! ». The beginning of the race was difficult for Rubio after Ryan won Iowa, Wyoming and Michigan, while Chris Christie won New Hampshire. His campaign was energized by his victories in Nevada and in South Carolina. The choice of the Republican candidate was tough because the conservative vote was divided between Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee. After losing Florida to Marco Rubio, Ryan is catched by the Senator of the Sunshine state in the number of delegates. He takes back his lead in the number of delegates after Super Tuesday in early February. Assuming the conservative vote is so divided, Huckabee drops out and endroses Senator Rubio, while Chris Christie exits also the race and endorses Paul Ryan. Ryan wins almost all the February caucuses, but Rubio makes another comeback in the race after winning Vermont, Texas and Ohio in March. Then after six consecutive defeats and make the race more easy for his own party, Rubio drops out and endorses Ryan. Ryan finally secures the Republican nomination at the end of the race on June 3rd after winning New Mexico. He selects Bobby Jindal as his running mate, trying to win more Asian-American votes. The Republican National Convention is held in Denver.

Results :

Paul Ryan - 1196 delegates, 28 states + D.C., 41 % of the popular vote

Marco Rubio - 852 delegates, 14 states, 27 % of the popular vote

Chris Christie - 147 delegates, 5 states, 13 % of the popular vote

Mike Huckabee - 103 delegates, 2 states, 10 % of the popular vote

Rand Paul - 102 delegates, 1 state, 9 % of the popular vote

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