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The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates 

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A list of the 2016 presidential candidates, as ranked by savvy politicos. The electoral field is wide open and chock full of millionaires and politicians who have been active in the political spotlight for decades whether they're Democrats or Republicans. From former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reality show star Donald Trump, the candidates have been in the public eye for years and years. Many of the potential 2016 presidential nominees are household names, but there are newcomers as well.

The fresh blood in the race comes from the likes of Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the latter of whom has caused a lot of controversy and garnered a name for himself in recent years. Another surprising contender is former Socialist Bernie Sanders, who has been accused of running for more symbolic reasons than practical ones.

From heavy favorites to dark horses, this list rounds up the 2016 presidential election candidates. Whomever ends up securing nominations, the candidates will definitely keep voters invested and entertained in the lead-up to the 2016 contest deciding the next Commander in Chief.

Vote up your favorite would-be presidents below! And stay tuned as more politicians announce their presidential bids! 
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John Kasich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #29 noviracer added Age: 67
Ended campaign on May 4, 2016
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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #1 MattBryant added Age: 57
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
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Lindsey Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #5 Age: 64
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015
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Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #5 Age: 64
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016
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Jim Webb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #12 noviracer added Age: 73
Ended campaign on October 20, 2015
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George Pataki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #11 Age: 74
Ended campaign on December 30, 2015
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Jim Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #15 Age: 70
Ended campaign on February 12, 2016
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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #7 Age: 77
Announced he would not run for president on October 21, 2015
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Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #8 Age: 66
Ended campaign on February 20, 2016
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Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #10 Age: 61
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016
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Martin O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #15 Age: 56
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016
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Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
Age: 78
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Rick Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #13 Age: 69
Ended campaign on September 11, 2015
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Marco Rubio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #7 Age: 48
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016
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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
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Bobby Jindal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #19 Age: 48
Ended campaign on November 17, 2015
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Evan McMullin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
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Lincoln Chafee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #16 Age: 66
Ended campaign on October 25, 2015
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Ted Cruz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #9 Age: 49
Ended campaign on May 3, 2016
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Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #21 Age: 56
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016
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Carly Fiorina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #17 Age: 65
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
Age: 72
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Jill Stein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
JillNan added Age: 69
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Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates
voting closed at #23 MattBryant added Age: 52
Walker ended his campaign on September 21, 2015