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United States presidential election, 2016

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Nominee Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
Party Republican Democrat
Home state New York New York
Running mate Mike Pence Tim Kaine
Electoral vote 306 232
States carried 30 + ME-02 20 + DC
Popular vote 62,352,375 64,429,062
Percentage 46.5% 48.1%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Trump/Pence. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state. Blue denotes states won by Clinton/Kaine.

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Donald Trump

The 2016 election for President of the United States took place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. On that day, voters had elected the 45th President and the 48th Vice President of the United States. Incumbent president Barack Obama could not seek re-election for a third term because of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

After the election, Donald Trump was named President-elect of the United States while his running mate Mike Pence was named Vice President-elect of the United States.


Article Two of the United States Constitution provides that for a person to be elected and serve as President of the United States, the individual must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for a period of no less than 14 years.

Candidates for the presidency typically seek the nomination of one of the various political parties of the United States, in which case each party devises a method (such as a primary election) to choose the candidate the party deems best suited to run for the position. The party's delegates then officially nominate a candidate to run on the party's behalf.

Democratic Party


Democratic Party (United States)
Democratic Party Ticket, 2016
Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine
for President for Vice President
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U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Senator from Virginia
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Withdrawn candidates

Candidates in this section are sorted by date of withdrawal from the primaries
Bernie Sanders Rocky De La Fuente Martin O'Malley Lawrence Lessig Lincoln Chafee Jim Webb
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Jim Webb (22157210588 1f74901862 o) (cropped).jpg
U.S. Senator from Vermont (2007–present)
Governor of Maryland
Harvard Law Professor
Governor of Rhode Island
U.S. Senator
from Virginia
LN: July 26, 2016
13,167,848 primary votes and 1,846 delegates
LN: July 26, 2016
67,457 primary votes
W: February 1, 2016
110,423 votes
W: November 2, 2015
4 write-in votes in New Hampshire
W: October 23, 2015
0 votes
W: October 20, 2015
2 write-in votes in New Hampshire

Republican Party

Republican Party (United States)
Republican Party Ticket, 2016
Donald Trump Mike Pence
for President for Vice President
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Chairman of
The Trump Organization
Governor of Indiana
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Withdrawn candidates

Candidates in this section are sorted by date of withdrawal from race
John Kasich Ted Cruz Marco Rubio Ben Carson Jeb Bush Jim Gilmore Carly Fiorina Chris Christie
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Chris Christie April 2015 (cropped).jpg
Governor of Ohio
U.S. Senator
from Texas
U.S. Senator
from Florida
Dir. of Pediatric Neurosurgery,
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Governor of Florida
Governor of Virginia
CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Governor of New Jersey
W: May 4
W: May 3
W: Mar 15
W: Mar 4
W: Feb 20
W: Feb 12
W: Feb 10
W: Feb 10
Rand Paul Rick Santorum Mike Huckabee George Pataki Lindsey Graham Bobby Jindal Scott Walker Rick Perry
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Governor of New York George Pataki at Northeast Republican Leadership Conference Philadelphia PA June 2015 NRLC by Michael Vadon 07 (cropped).jpg
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Bobby Jindal August 2015.jpg
Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker at New Hampshire Education Summit. The Seventy-Four August 19th, 2015 by Michael Vadon 10 (cropped).jpg
Rick Perry (20639586210) (cropped).jpg
U.S. Senator
from Kentucky
U.S. Senator
from Pennsylvania
Governor of Arkansas
Governor of New York
U.S. Senator
from South Carolina
Governor of Louisiana
Governor of Wisconsin
Governor of Texas
W: Feb 3
W: Feb 3
W: Feb 1
W: Dec 29, 2015
W: Dec 21, 2015
W: Nov 17, 2015
W: Sept 21, 2015
W: Sept 11, 2015

Major third parties

Green Party

Green Party ballot access (2016)
Ballot access for the Green Party     On ballot     Not on ballot, write-in access     Not on ballot

Ballot access to 493(451) electoral votes: Ballot access currently in process: North Dakota, Rhode Island, Wyoming

States currently under litigation for ballot access: Nevada, Oklahoma

States with no ballot access: South Dakota
As write-in: Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina.


Green Party (United States)
Presumptive Green Party Ticket, 2016
Jill Stein Ajamu Baraka
for President for Vice President
Jill Stein cropped.jpg
from Lexington, Massachusetts
from Washington, D.C.

Other active candidates

Withdrawn candidates

Libertarian Party

Libertarian Party ballot access (2016)
Ballot access for the Libertarian Party     On ballot

Ballot access to all 538 electoral votes


Libertarian Party Ticket, 2016
Gary Johnson William Weld
for President for Vice President
Gary Johnson campaign portrait.jpg
Bill Weld campaign portrait.jpg
Governor of New Mexico
Governor of Massachusetts
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Withdrawn candidates

Other parties

American Freedom Party

Ballot Access to 6 electoral votes: Mississippi

  • Bob Whitaker, white nationalist and paleoconservative political activist from South Carolina. Vice-presidential nominee: Tom Bowie, from Maryland

Independent American Party

Ballot Access to 18 Electoral Votes: New Mexico, Oregon, Utah

  • Farley Anderson, activist from Utah. Vice Presidential nominee: Vacant

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Ballot Access to 29 electoral votes: Florida

  • Gloria La Riva, newspaper printer and activist from New Mexico; 2008 presidential nominee; vice-presidential nominee: Eugene Puryear

Prohibition Party

Ballot Access to 21 electoral votes: Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi

  • James Hedges, Tax Assessor for Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania 2002–2007; vice-presidential nominee: Bill Bayes of Mississippi

Peace and Freedom Party

Ballot Access to 84 electoral votes: California, Florida

  • Gloria La Riva, newspaper printer and activist, from New Mexico

Socialist Party USA

Ballot Access to 0 electoral votes

  • Mimi Soltysik, former National Co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from California; vice-presidential nominee: Angela Walker of Wisconsin

Nutrition Party

Ballot Access to 9 electoral votes: Colorado

  • Rod Silva, restaurateur from New Jersey; Vice-presidential nominee: Vacant

Veterans Party of America

Ballot Access to 6 electoral votes: Mississippi

  • Chris Keniston, reliability engineer from Texas; vice-presidential nominee: Deacon Taylor of Nevada

Workers World Party

Ballot Access to 0 electoral votes

  • Monica Moorehead, perennial candidate and activist from New Jersey; vice-Presidential nominee: Lamont Lilly

Battleground states

Battleground states during the election were: Nevada, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Maine, Ohio and North Carolina. Trump won Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and a congressional district in Maine. Clinton won Nevada, New Hampshire and Maine. Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were seen as likely 'Blue' states, but Trump won all three states in what was seen as a political upset.

Party conventions

Republican Party
  • July 18–21, 2016: Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio.
Libertarian Party
  • May 26–30, 2016: Libertarian National Convention to be held in Orlando, Florida.


On April 1, 2015, the Commission on Presidential Debates a (CPD) announced that each of the following 16 locations are under consideration to host one of the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate:

The three locations which will host the presidential debates and the one location selected to host the vice presidential debate are to be announced by the CPD in the fall of 2015.

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See also

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