2016 White House race: It’s 3 Democrats versus 8+2 Republicans now

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: May 31, 2015 00:36 IST

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley became on Saturday the third Democrat running for party’s presidential nomination, taking on the presumptive candidate Hillary Clinton.

Senator Bernie Sanders is the third candidate in the fray. Vice-president Joe Biden and a few others including a senator are also expected to jump in, but there are just three of them for now.

“I am a candidate for the president of the United States,” O’Malley said at a launch event in Baltimore, Maryland, adding, “and I am running for you.”

While hitting all predictable liberal issues, O’Malley sought to set himself apart form Clinton, who, he suggested, was a dynastic candidate and was back by Wall Street, big money.

But polls show him way behind Clinton, whose now ratings have taken few hits lately on account of Clinton Foundation donations and her use of private email as secretary of state.

But there are only three them in the field so far.

The Republican field, on the other hand, continues to swell at the rate of one announcement or two a week. Rick Santorum and George Pataki joined the race this past week.

There are eight Republican candidates in the field so far, and two tentatives -- are former governor Jeb Bush and Governor Bobby Jindal, who have announced exploratory committees.

There are plenty more Republicans considering a run also -- governors John Kasich, Scott Walker and Chris Christie and former governor Rick Perry, who oopsed-out in 2012.

To keep the number manageable for nationally televised primary debates that kick off in August, the Republican party is requesting networks to make rules, set cut-offs.

Fox News, for instance, has said it will restrict the number of candidates to 10 for debates it will televise. CNN is trying out a more complicated format.

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