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The 2016 United States presidential election was the 58th quadrennial presidential election and took place on November 8th, 2016. This election would go down in United States election history, with the historic climb of Donald J. Trump to the Republican nomination as the first person to be elected to a party's nomination without a political background along with the surrounding controversy with his comments that many people deemed "inappropriate". Along with a huge surprise that Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson carried 1 state, rocketing the party's popularity greatly. It also was historic since it was the first time that a woman has ever been nominated to a major America political party, along with the first time a woman has ever been elected to the presidency, Hillary Clinton. This was also a very historic election since it was the first time in decades that someone of the same party succeeded the incumbent president of the same party.
The years before and during the election has been filled with issues facing foreign policy, domestic policy, and beyond that the candidates for president had to face. Including the expansion with ISIS, tensions with China and Russia, domestic terrorist attacks, taxes, health care, and more. Hillary Clinton (as expected) defeated the billionaire winning a historic 359 electoral votes and 26 (including DC) states over Donald Trump. The next 4 years would have high expectations for Hillary Clinton with many difficulties, will she come through and maybe even be elected in 2020?
Ever since the mid-term election of 2014, the Republicans have been slowly splitting down the middle. The far-right conservatives (ex. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc...) that had more Libertarian views, and the center to just regular right conservatives (ex. Paul Ryan, John Kasich). Then came Donald Trump, who took neither side and just went for the nomination. This would lead to the split in the party and would also help in election of Hillary Clinton.
Also since President Barack Obama's approval ratings has spiked to about 50% ever since his re-election back in 2012 people has wanted Hillary Clinton to succeeded him since they had such similar views; some even calling it "Obama's third term". Still with Donald Trump having the Republican nomination, the anti-Trump people has 2 options. Go for Hillary Clinton or for Gary Johnson (Libertarian). Most far-right conservatives too Gary Johnson, and the rest took Hillary Clinton.
Everybody thought that Hillary Clinton would just be able to roll through to the Democratic nomination. But the only contest she had was with a self-proclaimed "Socialist-Democrat" Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, who brought out most of the younger and newer voters along with voters that were mostly focused on the economy. Hillary Clinton ultimately won the nomination by a certain margin against Senator Sanders. Sanders supporters said that they would never vote for Clinton, she was able to fix that by having Elizabeth Warren on her ticket, since Warren has been talking about the economy even before Sanders jumped into the race. She was able to get almost all of the Democrats, except for the few that refused to vote Clinton, even if Warren was on the ticket with Clinton. Those votes ultimately went to other 3rd party candidates like Jill Stein of the Green Party.
- 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)
Declined to Run
The Republican Party has always been at odds with each other for many years now. With the far-right Conservatives (Libertarian type) like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc... Along with the regular right Conservative, for example Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney. But when Donald Trump entered the race it was the final break. Tearing the party apart, forcing all Republicans to take sides, either go with Donald Trump and stay with the Republicans, or split off. After this election, the Republican Party would fall apart.
- 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)
Declined to run
The Libertarian Party was never really popular but was known to have a few well known politicians on their sides, like Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, William Weld, etc... Still many people thought that the Libertarians would never make it to the main stage, that was until Donald Trump entered the stage. Many people who were never-Trump and some never-Hillary voters ran to the Libertarians to answer their calls for a candidate. After the Republican National Convention, the Libertarian gained major news coverage; although though many people thought that they could not win or even get 10% of the vote. Still this was a major turning point for the Libertarians, even more since the collapse of the Republican Party the Libertarian Party would replace them as a major political party in the United States.
- Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico (nominee)
- Austin Petersen, Owner and Founder of the Libertarian Republic (withdrew June 8, 2016; endorsed Johnson)
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