As June Ends, Chris Christie Joins 2016 Republican Field

June 29, 2015

New Jersey governor Chris Christie will join a crowded 2016 Republican field as he announces his candidacy for president tomorrow in Livingston, NJ. His campaign website is already live

Christie will be the 14th Republican to formally announce. He is averaging about 4% in the 270toWin polling average, well back of the leaders, but within the top 10 that would qualify for the first Republican debate in August.

Ohio governor John Kasich is expected to join the field on July 21. No formal date has been announced for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, but a July 13 date has been rumored. Once these two join the campaign, the field of major Republican contenders may be set at 16.. That number will likely decrease quickly after the first primaries and caucuses next winter.

2016 Republican Field: Running or Actively Considering

Dates displayed are those when campaign launched or when an announcement is scheduled. The MAP link, where available, goes to an electoral map of that candidate vs. Hillary Clinton based on state-level polling conducted so far.

Names in bold are in the top 10 of the 270toWin polling average. (Fox and CNN, hosts of the first two debates, have announced that qualification will be based on top 10 standings in the polls, based on the respective networks' calculations prior to the debate. CNN will include a separate forum for those that don't make the top 10.


Jeb Bush June 15 Former Governor, Florida MAP
Chris Christie June 30 Governor, New Jersey MAP 
Ben Carson May 4 Former neurosurgeon  
Ted Cruz March 23 U.S. Senator, Texas MAP
Carly Fiorina May 4 Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard  
Lindsey Graham June 1 U.S. Senator, South Carolina  
Mike Huckabee May 5 Former Governor, Arkansas MAP
Bobby Jindal June 24 Governor, Louisiana  
John Kasich July 21 Governor, Ohio  
George Pataki May 28 Former Governor, New York  
Rand Paul April 7 U.S. Senator, Kentucky MAP
Rick Perry June 4 Former Governor, Texas  
Marco Rubio April 13 U.S. Senator, Florida MAP
Rick Santorum May 27 Former U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania  
Donald Trump June 16 Businessman  

Pending Decision (Almost definitely running)

Scott Walker July 13 (tentative) Governor, Wisconsin MAP  

No Announcement Date Set 

Other possible (although unlikely) entrants include former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, and Rep. Peter King of New York.   

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