This page contains the list of candidates associated with the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries for the 2016 United States presidential election.
The following individuals participated in at least two presidential debates. They withdrew or suspended their campaigns at some point after the Iowa caucuses on February 1, 2016. They are listed in order of exit, starting with the most recent.
Donald Trump, Chairman & President of The Trump Organization
John Kasich, 69th Governor of Ohio – No endorsement, (wrote in John McCain)
Ted Cruz, United States Senator from Texas – endorsed Donald Trump
Marco Rubio, United States Senator from Florida – endorsed Donald Trump
Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital from Maryland – endorsed Donald Trump
Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida (1999–2007) – Ted Cruz, then no endorsement
Jim Gilmore, 68th Governor of Virginia (1998–2002) – endorsed Donald Trump
Chris Christie, 55th Governor of New Jersey – endorsed Donald Trump
Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999–2005) – Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump, later rescinded endorsement
Rick Santorum, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1995–2007) – Marco Rubio, then Donald Trump
Rand Paul, United States Senator from Kentucky (2011–present) – endorsed Donald Trump
Mike Huckabee, 44th Governor of Arkansas (1996–2007) – endorsed Donald Trump
George Pataki, 53rd Governor of New York (1995–2006) – Marco Rubio, then John Kasich, then no endorsement
Lindsey Graham, United States Senator from South Carolina – endorsed Jeb Bush, then Ted Cruz, then no endorsement
Bobby Jindal, 55th Governor of Louisiana (2008–2016) – endorsed Marco Rubio, then Donald Trump
Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin – Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump
Rick Perry, 47th Governor of Texas (2000–2015) – endorsed Ted Cruz, then Donald Trump
Jack Fellure, Perennial candidate Prohibition Party nominee in 2012
Andy Martin, Perennial candidate Birther activist vexatious litigant.