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.

The GOP Horses
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet

Marco
Rubio

Paul Ryan may have topped Marco Rubio (he’s Latino) in the Veep-Stakes, but after a brilliant convention speech, Rubio (he speaks Spanish) is the clear favorite in the early stages of the 2016 GOP race. Republicans know they must appeal to a broader voting base and nominating Rubio (not white) would be a historic step in that direction. The race could be his to lose, something Republicans are quite good at lately.

Chris
Christie

The Big Man of New Jersey ticked off Team Romney after slow dancing with President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In some eyes, Christie has grown from a darling of the right to just another Northeastern moderate who will get his plate cleaned in a general election. Still, the salty-tongued Christie has many admirers and he’ll rock the boat in 2016.

Paul
Ryan

Ryan did nothing to embarrass himself as Romney’s running mate, unlike the last Republican VP candidate. He remains popular in Tea Party circles as one of the most respected fiscal conservatives on the Hill. But running mates on losing presidential tickets have had little political luck in modern American politics, with only FDR overcoming his loss on the 1920 Democratic ticket to later win the White House. If the boyish congressman thinks the field will hand it to him in 2016, then he should stick to running sub 3-hour marathons. 

Bobby
Jindal
Jindal is a dream candidate for the Republican Party. He’s a brilliant conservative Southern governor with a jambalaya-sized knowledge of today’s pressing policy issues. But when the party needs snap, crackle and pop, Jindal’s personality is more Shredded Wheat. So while he might be perfect on paper, voters don’t select resumes. They select people.
Rand
Paul
Those who mistake Rand for Ron are not paying attention. Rand is smoother, more game to compromise and more a team player than his father ever was. Can Rand take the next step in the evolution of the movement his father started? Can he break through the Ron Paul 10% ceiling? Discount the new leader of the Paul brand at your own peril.

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.

The DEM Horses
Power Ranking The Horse Momentum The Tip Sheet

Hillary
Clinton

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
Biden

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.

Andrew
Cuomo

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.

Elizabeth
Warren
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.
Martin
O’Malley
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.