United States presidential election, 2016
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Nominee Marco Rubio Hillary Clinton
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Florida New York
Running mate John Kasich Tim Kaine
Electoral vote 326 208
States carried 34 16+DC
Popular vote 66,203,992 59,120,411

ElectoralCollege2016 (Rubio '16)

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Marco Rubio

The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election.

Voters will select presidential electors, who in turn will vote for a new president and vice president through the Electoral College. The term limit established in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents the incumbent president, Barack Obama of the Democratic Party, from being elected to a third term. The 2016 election will determine the 45th President and 48th Vice President of the United States.

The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses took place between February and June 2016, staggered among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. This nominating process was also an indirect election, where voters cast ballots for a slate of delegates to a political party's nominating convention, who in turn elect their party's presidential nominee.

Senator Marco Rubio became the Republican Party's presidential nominee on July 19, 2016, after defeating businessman Donald Trump of New York. If elected, Rubio would become the first Hispanic president. Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party's presidential nominee on July 26, 2016, after defeating U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. If elected, she would be the first female president.

Democratic Party


U.S. Democratic Party logo (transparent)
Democratic Party Ticket, 2016
Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine
for President for Vice President
Hillary Clinton by Gage Skidmore 2 Tim Kaine, official 113th Congress photo portrait
67th U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Senator from Virginia
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Republican Party


Republican Disc
Republican Party ticket, 2016
Marco Rubio John Kasich
for President for Vice President
MarcoRubioColorEnhanced112thCongress Governor John Kasich
U.S. Senator from Florida
69th Governor of Ohio



Main article: Republican Party presidential primaries, 2016
Republican Party presidential primaries results, 2016 (Rubio '16)

      Marco Rubio (1,311 delegates)
      Ted Cruz (1,007 delegates)
      John Kasich (66 delegates)
      Donald Trump (23 delegates)

Soon after the first Republican debate, businessman and billionaire Donald Trump emerged as the front-runner in the race; followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Trump maintained his popularity throughout 2015 and early 2016 due to his brash and unapologetic style of campaigning. This gave way to the "anti-Trump" movement within the party, leading to many candidates portraying themselves as the perfect candidate to defeat Donald Trump. Using this movement, Senators Cruz and Rubio garnered more support despite being from different ends of the political spectrum; Cruz being backed by the more conservative Tea Party Movement and Rubio seen as the more moderate candidate. Both candidates were also seen with the potential to energy more Hispanic votes for the party.

Before the Iowa Caucus, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki withdrew from the primaries. In a narrow victory, Senator Cruz won Iowa over Trump and Rubio, leading to Trump increasing his attacks against Senator Cruz and, to a certain extent, Senator Rubio. As a result of Cruz's victory, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul withdrew from the primaries.

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