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WaPo: Enter the Era of Newbie Presidential Candidates

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 03:01 PM

The 2016 election cycle is marking the year of the newbie presidential candidate as several step up with limited credentials and far from the typical track, The Washington Post reports.

Among them are three first-term senators, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — all with brief national governing experience — who have declared presidential candidacies in an era in which voters may be showing exhaustion with the same old, usual suspects, the Post said.

It cited a trend of less-is-more success that traces well before the first win of President Barack Obama.

"It'd be easy to attribute the rise of the first-term senator-turned-presidential candidate to Obama's success, but it's actually part of a larger pattern," the Post wrote. "In three of the past four presidential elections, the candidate with less time in major public office won."

Obama had served just 767 days in federal office after serving in the Illinois state legislature, the Post said. By turn, John McCain, who ran in 2008, has served 8,822 days.

McCain, John Kerry and Al Gore all had more than two decades of experiences in higher office under their belts but were beaten by George W. Bush, who up until that point had served only one full term as governor of Texas, the Post noted.

Said the Post of primary contests in which big names with long political resumes fared poorly: "It wasn't just Obama sprinting past Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 2008 Democratic field included longtime senators Chris Dodd and Joe Biden, who couldn't gather any momentum, while one-term senator John Edwards finished third."

On Monday, two new GOP primary candidates stepped up to make a White House bid. Former tech CEO Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson both have no elective office experience, although neither is expected to emerge as an early front-runner, The New York Times reported.

On Tuesday, however, yet another GOP candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — with an extensive political resume that included 11 years as governor and winning the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses — is expected to enter the race as well, the Times said.

A Real Clear Politics polling average from March 26 to April 21 found Jeb Bush leading the crowded GOP field, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, then Rubio, Paul and Cruz.

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