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.