Presidential Contenders: Part 6

Here we are, with less than a week to go before the Iowa caucus, which will finally give American voters a chance to weigh in on the candidates and sift out some of the candidates. Practically speaking, polls and the media have already done that–witness some of our candidates covered in this and soon-to-be-forthcoming rounds–but the caucuses and then the New Hampshire primary the week after next will make it official.

James Stuart Gilmore III
former Governor of Virginia (1998-2002), lawyer
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Jim Gilmore announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in July 2015 to little fanfare. His campaign has continued that trend, often failing to poll above 0%, garner any media attention, or qualify for most of the debates, although he will be in the undercard debate tomorrow. He served in the army in military intelligence, making him the only veteran still in the race (Perry and Graham, both withdrawn, were also veterans). After his tenure as governor of Virginia (governors may only serve one term consecutively), he narrowly won the Republican nomination for Senate in 2008, only to lose in a landslide in the general election that year to his successor as governor, Mark Warner, in the same year then-Senator Barack Obama carried Virginia in his first election to the presidency. Gilmore has insisted he will stay in the race, although to what end? It’s pretty much unimaginable to see him making any headway, although he could make sense as a running mate to the eventual nominee–Virginia will be a critical swing state this year.

I’ll resume tomorrow with some more candidates. By my count, there are 5 Republican candidates left to cover: Carly Fiorina, former Governor Mike Huckabee, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Then, of course, there is the Democratic side, with frontrunners former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, plus former Governor Martin O’Malley and former Senator Jim Webb.


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