Monday, May 11, 2015

Republican presidential power rankings, May edition

The GOP field seems to grow by the day. Since our first rankings landed last month, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee all officially launched their campaigns. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made some important moves.

Rick Santorum is expected to make his 2016 intentions clear May 27. Meanwhile, a number of fringe prospects, from former New York Gov. George Pataki to real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, are still testing the waters.

At this rate, there’s not a stage big enough to hold every hopeful of generally high repute at the first Republican debate, scheduled for Cleveland this summer.

So let’s hear it for Rick Snyder. Just when it appeared he was about to join the pack, the Michigan governor said Thursday that he would not be running for president.

Here’s how the race looks 14 months before the start of the July 2016 Republican National Convention, also scheduled for Cleveland. Candidates are ranked based on their likelihood of being nominated.

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