2016 presidential candidates fast facts

Editor’s note: Major candidates are listed alphabetically by last name and grouped by party. Lesser known candidates are listed together with a note about party affiliation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Here’s at look at the 2016 Presidential candidates and key dates in their campaigns.

Republican Candidates:

Ted Cruz – Senator from Texas

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Cruz for President
  • Website – http://www.tedcruz.org/
  • March 23, 2015 – Cruz announces his run for the Republican presidential nomination on Twitter. He later makes a formal announcement in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Previous story: Cruz to become first major candidate to jump into 2016 race

Rand Paul – Senator from Kentucky

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Rand Paul for President, Inc. (one committee within the three part Rand Paul Victory Committee)
  • Website – http://www.randpaul.com
  • April 7, 2015 – Paul announces his run for the Republican presidential nomination at the Galt House hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

Previous story: Kentucky’s Rand Paul joining 2016 presidential campaign

Marco Rubio – Senator from Florida

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Reclaim America
  • Website – https://marcorubio.com/
  • April 13, 2015 – Announces his run for the Republican nomination at the Freedom Tower in Miami.

Previous story: Sen. Marco Rubio tells donors he is running for president

Ben Carson – Retired neurosurgeon

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Carson America
  • Website – https://www.bencarson.com/
  • May 4, 2015 – Announces his run for the Republican nomination in his hometown of Detroit.

previous story: Famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces White House campaign

Carly Fiorina – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Carly for President
  • Website – https://www.carlyforpresident.com/
  • May 4, 2015 – Announces her run for the GOP nomination, during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Previous story: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announces presidential bid

Mike Huckabee – Former Governor of Arkansas

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Huckabee for President
  • Website – http://www.mikehuckabee.com/
  • May 5, 2015 – Huckabee officially enters the GOP race for president, making the announcement at a rally in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas.

Previous story: In Arkansas, Huckabee launches second White House bid

Democratic Candidates:

Hillary Clinton – Former Secretary of State and Senator from New York

  • Primary Campaign Committee – Hillary for America
  • Website – https://www.hillaryclinton.com
  • April 13, 2015 – Clinton announces her run for the Democratic presidential nomination via a video posted on YouTube.

Previous story: Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016 as a ‘Champion’ for ‘everyday Americans’

Independent Candidates:

Bernie Sanders – Senator from Vermont

Previous story: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president

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