10 People Who Could Be The Next US President
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, voters in the United States will make their choice for the nation’s next president. Although the election is still two and a half years away, the informal process of selecting the next president of the United States begins long before election day.
Even now, 29 months before election day, the potential candidates for the 2016 election are beginning to take shape. President Barack Obama’s second term, which began in 2013, is only a third of the way complete, but already the political chattering class is discussing who will succeed him and become the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017.
Some suggestions for who could be the next president are serious, and some are little more than pipe dreams. At this early stage, though, the pool of candidates remains just unpredictable enough to be interesting.
Serious, experienced politicians lead the list of potential candidates, of course. There is also talk of lesser experienced candidates, like celebrities, sports figures, and other wild cards whose entry into a presidential election would be a major story in the media.
The 2016 presidential election process formally begins on February 1, 2016, with the Iowa caucuses that kick off the primary season to pick the candidates for the major political parties. Before the Iowa caucuses, the presidential candidates will be engaged in a series of debates and media battles designed to help themselves separate from the pack.
So who is likely to throw his or her hat into the ring? And among those hopeful candidates, which one has the best chance to become the next president of the United States?
Lots of speculation exists already, whether it’s online, in the print media, or on television.
Some legal European futures markets are even offering odds right now on who will be the next U.S. president. Candidate options range from longshot celebrities to lifelong politicians.
Here’s a look at 10 people who could be the next president of the United States, and their approximate chances to win the 2016 election.
10. Eva Longoria — Odds: 750 to 1
Eva Longoria is a popular television and movie actress. Best known for her 180-episode stint on the ABC comedy Desperate Housewives, which ended in 2012, Longoria has appeared in a variety of other television programs and films.
Longoria, 39, was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has recently become more involved in public policy. She received her master’s degree last year from Cal State Northridge, and in 2012 she was a fundraiser and campaigner for President Obama’s reelection.
9. Donald Trump — Odds: 200 to 1
New York-native Donald Trump, 67, became famous for his successes and failures as a business investor and real-estate mogul, but in recent years he has embraced new aspects of his celebrity as a television personality and political activist.
In 2010, Trump made headlines by saying he would have liked to run for president in 2012, although his candidacy never materialized. He seems to be taking things more seriously this time around, as Trump has already spent more than $1 million researching the possibility of running in 2016.