Republican Standings

We’re starting a new feature – the Republican Standings.

You can see them on the right-hand side of the main blog page, under Republican Standings, here.

This is a ranking of (possible) Republican candidates. The percentages indicate the chance that we think that candidate has of becoming the Republican nominee.

The ordinals and percentages are determined by a secret, 270soft formula.

If you think there is important information we’re not considering, which will change the rankings or percentages, feedback is welcome!

And … we’re off!

New Hampshire GOP just had their first straw poll of the year, and the winner is …

1. Gov. Mitt Romney 35%

2. Rep. Ron Paul 11%

3. Gov. Tim Pawlenty 8%

4. Gov. Sarah Palin 7%

5. Rep. Michele Bachmann 5%

5. Sen. Jim DeMint 5%

7. Herman Cain 4%

8. Gov. Chris Christie 3%

8. Sen. Rick Santorum 3%

8. Gov. Mitch Daniels 3%

8. Rep. Newt Gingrich 3%

8. Gov. Mike Huckabee 3%

8. Rep. Mike Pence 3%

14. Mayor Rudy Giuliani 2%

14. Gov. Judd Gregg 2%

14. Gov. Gary Johnson 2%

17. Donald Trump 1%

18. Gov. Haley Barbour 1%

19. Amb. John Huntsman 0%

20. John Thune 0%

2% were ‘other’.

Note: sample is 273 registered members of the state Republican committee.

President Forever 2012 Republican and Democratic Candidates

[Updated: 2011-7-11]

Here’s the list of Republican and Democratic candidates for the initial President Forever 2012 Beta release.

(Note: we don’t have an estimated release date at this point.)

Important note: these aren’t who we think will officially start a campaign, but rather who we will include in the game as possible candidates from which a player can choose.

The ‘on’ or ‘off’ beside each candidate indicates whether they would by default start in a game.

If there are any you think should be here that aren’t, let us know in the comments.


  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (ON)
  • Gov. Haley Barbour (OFF)
  • Mr. Herman Cain (ON)
  • Gov. Chris Christie (OFF)
  • Gov. Mitch Daniels (OFF)
  • Speaker Newt Gingrich (ON)
  • Gov. Mike Huckabee (OFF)
  • Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. (ON)
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal (OFF)
  • Gov. Gary Johnson (ON)
  • Gov. Sarah Palin (OFF)
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty (ON)
  • Rep. Ron Paul (ON)
  • Gov. Rick Perry (OFF)
  • Gen. David Petraeus (OFF)
  • Gov. Mitt Romney (ON)
  • Sen. Rick Santorum (ON)
  • Mr. Donald Trump (OFF)


  • Amb. John Bolton (ON)
  • Gov. Jeb Bush (OFF)
  • Sen. Jim DeMint (OFF)
  • Mayor Rudy Giuliani (ON)
  • Sen. Judd Gregg (OFF)
  • Judge Roy Moore (ON)
  • Gov. George Pataki (OFF)
  • Rep. Mike Pence (OFF)
  • Gov. Buddy Roemer (ON)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (OFF)
  • Rep. Paul Ryan (OFF)
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe (OFF)
  • Sen. John Thune (OFF)



  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte
  • Sen. John Cornyn
  • Gov. John Kasich
  • Gov. Susana Martinez
  • Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Gov. Rick Scott


  • Sec. Hillary Clinton (OFF)
  • Sen. Russ Feingold (OFF)
  • Pres. Barack Obama (ON)


  • Sen. Evan Bayh (OFF)
  • Gov. Howard Dean (OFF)
  • Sen. Mike Gravel (ON)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (OFF)
  • Gov. Mark Warner (OFF)


  • VP Joseph Biden


  • Sen. Joe Manchin



  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg (OFF)
  • Lou Dobbs (OFF)
  • Ralph Nader (OFF)

Note: a person listed as a Presidential possibility will also probably be a Veep possibility – so if they’re listed under the President category, they aren’t listed again under the Veep category.