With President Barack Obama having broken the Oval Office’s racial barrier, some political observers think 2016 could be the right moment to smash the White House’s glass ceiling and elect the nation’s first female chief executive.
The prospect of a woman president is getting easier to imagine as both Democrats and Republicans have a number of rising female stars.
Here’s a list of the five top potential female presidential candidates for 2016, as compiled by the National Constitution Center.
- Hillary Clinton — the current Secretary of State has already waged, and lost, a presidential primary campaign.
- Susanna Martinez — the current governor of New Mexico could bolster Republican performance among Latino voters.
- Condoleezza Rice — the former Secretary of State under George W. Bush remains popular with many Republicans, but has denied any interest in seeking an elected position.
- Sarah Palin — John McCain’s 2008 running mate and the former governor of Alaska enjoys enormous popularity on the right, but opted not to run in 2012.
- Elizabeth Warren — Massachusetts’ incoming junior senator is riding high on her win over Republican Scott Brown and has an enthusiastic following among liberals.
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