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The field of potential presidential candidates from the Republican party for the 2016 Presidential Election is huge. Anyone who has been paying a little attention will have noticed that the list of potential candidates is varied and diverse.

To help voters start to come to grips with the large number of potential candidates, the Republican National Committee put forth twenty-eight names for a straw poll to gauge interest and support. That list is here, listed alphabetically:

  • Jeb Bush, Former Florida Governor
  • Herman Cain, Former CEO
  • Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon and Author
  • Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
  • Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
  • Mark Everson, Former IRS Commissioner
  • Carly Fiorina, Former CEO
  • Jim Gilmore, Former Virginia Governor
  • Newt Gingrich, Former House Speaker
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Senator
  • Mike Huckabee, Former Arkansas Governor
  • Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor
  • John Kasich, Ohio Governor
  • Peter King, New York Congressman
  • Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor
  • Sarah Palin, Former Alaska Governor
  • George Pataki, Former New York Governor
  • Rand Paul, Kentucky Senator
  • Ron Paul, Former Texas Congressman
  • Mike Pence, Indiana Governor
  • Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor
  • Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State
  • Marco Rubio, Florida Senator
  • Rick Santorum, Former Pennsylvania Senator
  • Tim Scott, South Carolina Senator
  • Donald Trump, Businessman
  • Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor
  • Allen West, Former Florida Congressman

While some of the names on the list are instantly recognizable, others are not. And that's okay.

The purpose of the poll isn't to galvanize support for just one candidate, but to see where people are in considering the candidates. As a side note, it's refreshing to see such a large field put forth as potential candidates. The Democrats, thus far, have only put forth a handful of names with Hillary Clinton eclipsing any debate or consideration of others in the blue party.

So, while some might laugh at the large number of candidates, I see it as an immensely positive sign that the Republican party is growing, thinking, and preparing for the 2016 election.

To view the straw poll online and put forth your vote, visit the GOP.com 2016 Straw Poll.

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