"chris-christie-republican"The process of electing a candidate for the Republican party for the 2016 presidential elections.

The process of choosing who will be the front runner for the Republican party has now really begun with the candidates meeting in Iowa and all looking for support from those in the traditionally conservative state which will be host to the first nominating contest in the country.

According to Reuters there are eight possible candidates looking to take part in what is called the Iowa Freedom Summit, described by Reuters as a marathon day of back-to-back speeches organized by Iowa’s conservative Republican Steve King, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“There are a half a dozen candidates, plus or minus a little bit, that I would put their names in a hat and draw one out and be really happy as a replacement to the president we have today,” King told ABC News.

Reuters has highlighted some key names to look out for including, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Chris Christie is looked on with scepticism by conservative Republicans and it will be critical that he makes a positive impression at the summit if he is to gain their support.

While all eyes are on Chris Christie thee are also many others who are looking strong in the race including former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ran for the nomination and lost in 2012, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa in 2008 but lost the nomination.

According to Reuters, Texas Senator Ted Cruz will also speak along with former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina, physician Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

While those keeping clear of this event are Bush, Romney, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

“This will serve as sort of the unofficial kick off to the Iowa caucus season for 2016,” said Tim Albrecht, an Iowa Republican strategist to Reuters. “It’s a great first look at how potential candidates stack up against each other.”

All eyes are currently on the Republican party candidates but the spotlight will be focusing on the Democrats with many looking on expectantly to see if Hillary Clinton will be standing to potentially be the first female president of the US.


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