Countdown To Iowa: Ranking The Republican Presidential Field One Year Out

Mitt Romney’s exit on Friday from the 2016 GOP presidential field could be several other possible candidates’ gain. 

The 2012 nominee’s decision spares Republicans a heavyweight fight between Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for donors and operatives. 

But Romney’s departure also resonates further down the ladder, giving new life to candidates that had been stuck in the shadows. 

Based on interviews with several GOP strategists, these are candidates ranked in the strongest positions to win the nomination with just a year to go until the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016. 

Jeb Bush

 “The next key date for Bush will be July when his fundraising numbers come out,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “We’ll see how close he gets to his goal of raising $100 million.”

Read more from Jonathan Easley at The Hill 

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