Does anyone whose name is not Hillary Clinton have a shot at the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination? A few people are definitely trying. This past Saturday, former governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) announced his bid in the 2016 presidential nominations. As he sets his sights on the Oval Office, many are looking at his past and citing failures such as his time as mayor of Baltimore, a city still in shambles. He defends his position—in past public office and as a presidential contender—with his improvement of the city of Baltimore and his 15 years of executive experience. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is also defending herself as her personal attributes are eroding, with her democratic base harboring reservations due to fundraising practices at the Clinton Foundation resulting in her lowest favorability rating ever. Despite some bad press, Hillary’s longevity and name recognition may be enough to carry her to the Democratic nomination without serious contest. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was thought to be a possible challenger, has recently decided not to run in the 2016 presidential race. But, others are warning Hillary that “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear” to getting the democratic nomination. That object would be Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The independent, most liberal member of the Senate is sweeping through Iowa. The two-term Senator drew hundreds of people to the largest presidential rally in Iowa thus far, and he is proving to be a challenge to Hillary. A replay of 2008 could come for Hillary once again, where Obama decisively won the Iowa Democratic caucuses. The Democratic field expanded further this week with Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island Senator and Governor announcing yesterday—Go Metric System! Former Virginia senator James Webb is also announced that he is entering the race.

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