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Three Republicans and a Democrat: the 2016 US Prez race has only begun

So, who is afraid of Hillary Clinton, who announced a second run for the White House past Sunday? Not Republicans; three of them are already in the race, with more to follow.

world Updated: Apr 15, 2015 00:53 IST
Yashwant Raj
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So, who is afraid of Hillary Clinton, who announced a second run for the White House past Sunday? Not Republicans; three of them are already in the race, with more to follow.

Clinton, a Democrat, is considered a prohibitive candidate who expected to win the party nomination handily, and even the presidency. Many believe she is unbeatable.

The list of candidates running against her for the party nomination, therefore, is predictably thin — no one has declared yet. Even vice-president Joe Biden doesn’t seem too keen.

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But Republicans see her differently. "Just look at Republicans queueing up to run," said a conservative strategist, "does it look like anyone is afraid of Clinton?" Freshman Republican senator Ted Cruz from Texas was the first to announce a run, followed by fellow senators from Kentucky, Rand Paul, and Florida, Marco Rubio.

Former governors Jeb Bush and Rick Perry, governors Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal,, doctor Ben Carson and former CEO Carly Fiorina are expected to follow. Bush is almost in. He announced an exploratory committee months ago in a sure sign of his intentions.

Clinton left office in 2013 — as secretary of state — with sky-high popularity ratings. And talk started immediately, the very same day in fact, of her presidential ambitions.

Though she neither confirmed nor denied those reports, she was in. Democrats debated her campaign team and strategy, and Republicans zeroed in on her as the presumptive candidate.

Her ratings have taken a hit since, over Benghazi death of four Americans, foreign donations to her family-led foundation and the use of private email for official work.

Nate Silver, the poll analyst who has yet to get a prediction wrong, has said Clinton stands a 50/50 chance of winning the White House, as of this moment.

The party nomination may be in the bag, not the White House.