Welcome to the first edition of PoliticalDerby.com’s 2016 Power Rankings, the original tracking service of the race for the White House. The rankings are updated as circumstances warrant and are compiled by our Editors using wire reports, polls, campaign staffer scuttlebutt and confidential tips. The rankings may not be reprinted or quoted in any form without attribution to PoliticalDerby.com.

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Yes, she will be 69 on election day in 2016, but if she still has the fire, Hillary would be the easy favorite in this field. She’s more popular as Secretary of State then she ever was as First Lady or Senator Clinton, her husband is sure to apply the pressure, and together they would bring a vaunted fundraising and political team to the table. If she runs.


Joe would be even older than Hillary in ’16 – he’d turn 74 just a couple weeks after election day – and a PD source connected to Biden says there is “no chance” he runs. Yet, on Election Day this year, when asked if he had cast his last ballot for himself, he chewed through a leather sole and answered “no” with a wink and a grin. But if Clinton runs, even as the sitting VP, he wouldn’t be the favorite. If he runs.


He is the popular governor of a populous state with a liberal record that any other candidate would be hard to match. He was even once married to a Kennedy! Cuomo may quickly move to the top of this list, depending on whether the AARP duo ahead of him decide to run.

The newly elected Native American (cough) hero slayed the evil dragon that stole the senate seat considered a Kennedy birthright. But has anyone told her that Democrats beat Republicans in Massachusetts almost as often as Harry Reid tells a lie? Warren could easily replace Hillary as the female candidate of choice, but some question her desire to run at the next level.
The Maryland Governor has something the rest of the field does not – a well-publicized desire to make a run for the White House. He was a prime time speaker at the Democratic National Convention, and some have compared his strategy to raise his national profile to the one used by Bill Clinton in the late 1980s, though PD could not get a confirmation of this from any O’Malley interns.