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Meet The 676 Candidates For United States President

By on May 24, 2016 in Politics

If you’re reading this post, you probably know many of the candidates for United States President. There’s Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, Lincoln Chafee, Bobby Jindal, Martin O’Malley– and of course, Donald Trump. But do you know the other 668 candidates vying for what is arguably the most powerful position in the world? In this post we’ll introduce you to some of 676 candidates who registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for United States president, including “Butt Stuff“, “Darth Vader“, “Deez Nuts“, and “AAAAAA, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA“. The monetary data in this article only includes money the candidates raised, meaning PAC money (Super and other) is not included.

Candidate breakdown by party1

A pie chart of 2016 United States presidential candidates' party affiliation. 174 (25.7%) candidates are running under the independent party; 147 (21.7%) under the Republican party; 115 (17.0%) Democratic; 14 (2.07%) unaffiliated; and 2 (0.296%) Communist, among other parties. All told, 33 parties are represented by all 676 candidates.
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174 (25.7%) candidates are running under the independent party; 147 (21.7%) under the Republican party; 115 (17.0%) Democratic; 14 (2.07%) unaffiliated; and 2 (0.296%) Communist, among other parties. All told, 33 parties are represented by all 676 candidates.

The FEC also provides data on each candidate’s “status”. A candidate is considered a statutory candidate if they’ve raised or spent $5,000 or more. 615 candidates are not statutory candidates, while 60 are (one candidate, Howard Mildred, does not have a status listed). Of the statutory candidates, here is the party breakdown:2

A pie chart of the 2016 United States statutory presidential candidates' party affiliation. A candidate is considered a statutory candidate if they’ve raised or spent $5,000 or more. Almost half (29, or 48.3%) of statutory candidates are running under the Republican party, followed by 11 Democratic candidates (18.3%) and 6 independents (10%). Some smaller political parties also have statutory candidates, including the Libertarian Party, Green Party, and Peace Freedom Party.
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We see a fairly large change, as many of the smaller parties are removed. Almost half (29, or 48.3%) of statutory candidates are running under the Republican party, followed by 11 Democratic candidates (18.3%) and 6 independents (10%). While I don’t want to say that a candidate is only a “serious” candidate if they’ve raised money, this shows how dominant the two major political parties (Republican and Democrat) are– few of the smaller political parties raised $5,000.

And the political party breakdown of candidates who raised $100,000 or more:3

A pie chart of 2016 United States presidential candidates' party affiliation for candidates who raised $100,000 or more. 20 Republican Party candidates raised $100,000 or more, compared to 8 Democratic candidates, followed by Jill Stein from the Green Party, and Jim Webb, whose political party is listed as unknown (although he sought the Democratic Party nomination).
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20 Republican Party candidates raised ≥$100,000, compared to 8 Democratic candidates, followed by Jill Stein from the Green Party, and Jim Webb, whose political party is listed as unknown (although he sought the Democratic Party nomination).

Here is the amount of money raised by each candidate:4
A bar chart of the amount of money raised by 2016 United States presidential candidates. The chart goes is almost entirely flat until the last few candidates on the very right, the most of whom raised around $200 million.
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And here is the same data, but only with candidates who raised more than $0:

A bar chart of the amount of money raised by 2016 United States presidential candidates who raised more than $0. Most candidates appear to have raised little money as their boxes aren't easily visible, but the farther to the right on the graph the more money raised. The candidate who raised the most money, Hillary Clinton, raised about $186 million.
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And on a logarithmic scale:

A bar chart of the amount of money raised by 2016 United States presidential candidates who raised more than $0, on a logarithmic scale. The chart goes steadily up from left to right, starting at $0 and ending at about $200 million.
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To give you an idea of how much money the “major candidates” are spending, here is a pie chart. Since Clinton has 25.1% on the pie chart, that means she’s raised 25.1% of all money raised by every candidate combined.

A pie chart of the 2016 United States statutory presidential candidates by amount of money raised. Hillary Clinton has raised about 25.1% of the money raised by every candidate combined; Bernie Sanders, about 25%; Ted Cruz, 10.6%; Ben Carson, 8.53%; Donald Trump, 6.63%.
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Here are various facts:5

Here are some of the more… interesting candidates:

Name Committee Notes
Deez Nuts Deez Nuts for President 2016
Butt Stuff Butt Stuff 2016
DJ ULTRAPERVERT DJ ULTRAPERVERT for President 2016
Doge Wow Wow Such President Will Do Stuff, Doge 2016
KC Matzo Balls Misfits of Absence Kognitive Creations
Anakin Skywalker The Force
Darth Vader The Council
Dwight Kurt Schrute Dwight Schrute for President 2016
King Prescott Satan Sin
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAA
Mr. Mmmm Dat Ass Mmm Dat Ass Election Committee
Jesus Christ MATTHEW MARTOWSKA FOR PRESIDENT
Osama Bin Liftin Bin Liftin For President
Lieutenant Luther T. The Merciless Warlord Stock RIDICULOUS LUTHER T. THE MERCILESS WARLORD STOCK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
God For President God Requested information change with handwritten note
Goddamn Mr Johnny Roosevelt The Bull Moose Party Rises


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presidential candidate data (from the FEC)
candidates and money raised data

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