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The 2016 United States Presidential Election was the 58th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Incumbent President Barack Obama was ineligible to run for a third term due to term limits set forth in the U.S. Constitution. The Democratic Nominee, Hillary Clinton, won the election by 142 electoral votes allowing for a decisive victory for the Democratic Party.
The election also began the emergence of greater visibility of third-party and independent candidates such as Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Evan McMullin backed by Better for America Organization.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State (Nominee)
- Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont (withdrew July 28, 2016)
- Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland (withdrew February 1, 2016)
- Lincoln Chafee, former Governor of Rhode Island (withdrew October 23, 2015)
- Jim Webb, former Senator from Virginia (withdrew October 20, 2015)
- Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard Law School (withdrew November 2, 2015)
- Donald J. Trump, Chairman of the Trump Organization (nominee)
- John Kasich, Governor of Ohio (suspended campaign May 4, 2016)
- Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas (suspended campaign May 3, 2016)
- Marco Rubio, Senator from Florida (suspended campaign March 15, 2016)
- Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon (suspended campaign March 4, 2016)
- Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida (suspended campaign February 20, 2016)
- Jim Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia (suspended campaign February 12, 2016)
- Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey (suspended campaign February 10, 2016)
- Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (suspended campaign February 10, 2016)
- Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania (suspended campaign February 3, 2016)
- Rand Paul, former Senator from Kentucky (suspended campaign February 3, 2016)
- Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas (suspended campaign February 1, 2016)
- George Pataki, former Governor of New York (suspended campaign December 29, 2015)
- Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina (suspended campaign December 21, 2015)
- Bobby Jindal, former Governor of Louisiana (suspended campaign November 17, 2015)
- Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin (suspended campaign September 21, 2015)
- Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas (suspended campaign September 11, 2015)
The 2016 Election saw the rise of "the two most disliked candidates," the nomination of a woman to a major political party, the election of a female President as well as the beginning of the weaken of the Republican Party. The election also marked the coming of new American Politics with the near-complete overhaul of foreign policy, the position of the middle east and the state of progressivism and social right of minorities.