Here's What You Need to Know About The Democratic Nominees

Who's who in the democratic showdown?

Hillary Clinton:

Former Secretary of State, former First Lady, former New York Senator, future President of the United States? That’s what she seems to think, along with a large portion of the country. Originally from Illinois, Hillary Clinton attended Wesleyan for her undergrad and went on to earn her JD from Yale Law school. She was named one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America twice by The National Law Review. Clinton served as First Lady of The United States from 1993 to 2001, New York Senator from 2001 to 2009, and Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013.

She has been leading in the polls since she announced her candidacy in April. So far, Hillary Clinton has raised a total of $67,820,095. You can read about her stance on social issues on her website.

Bernie Sanders:

Bernie Sanders is the longest running Independent in congress. Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents, Sanders graduated from University of Chicago with a BA in political science. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. Bernie is now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. Sanders announced his candidacy in May.

His surge in the polls surprised both Democrats and Republicans alike and he is now seen as the “alternative to Hillary.” You can read his take on the issues here. He has raised a total of $15,263,601 so far.

Martin O’Malley:

Martin O’Malley is the champion of the underdogs and is someone to watch out for in the debates. He got his start in politics at a young age. O’Malley attended the Catholic University of America and then went to Law School at the University of Maryland. Serving as the mayor of Baltimore between 1999 and 2007, O’Malley went on to serve as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. He announced his candidacy for Democratic Nominee in late May. Although he is Roman Catholic, O’Malley has been an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage. When he was 39, he was was named "The Best Young Mayor in the Country" by Esquire. So far, O’Malley has raised $2,595,767.

Jim Webb:

Jim Webb is polling at about 1%, however his experience is lengthy and impressive. Born into a military family, Webb moved around often as a child. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to receive his JD from Georgetown Law School. He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs from 1984 to 1987, United States Secretary of the Navy from 1987 to 1988, and Virginia Senator between 2007 and 2013.

In addition to his political career, Webb is a prolific writer. He is an award-winning journalist and author of 10 books. Webb is married to Hong Le Webb and has six children. So far he has raised $20,577. You can read about his stance on the issues here.

Lincoln Chafee:

Lincoln Chafee is a veteran underdog with a history of going against the tide politically. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in classics and became interested in politics because his father was a politician. Chafee served as Senator from Rhode Island between 1999 and 2007. He then served as Governor of Rhode Island between 2011 and 2015.

In 2002 Chafee became known for breaking with the GOP for the Iraq War Authorization. He recently switched to the Democratic party in 2013. He now lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children. So far Chafee has raised $392,743. You can read about his stance on the issues on his website.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ora Media, LLC, its affiliates, or its employees.

Continue the Discussion