Power Rankings of Presidential Candidates


Each week during the NFL season, Business Insider publishes power rankings not just of the NFL teams but of the quarterbacks leading those teams.

This fall, Business Insider has started publishing weekly power rankings of the presidential candidates, complete with the candidate’s polling averages nationally and in the earliest primary states, as well as an indication of whether his or her stock is rising, falling, or neutral.

Here are the presidential power rankings for the week of September 29:

  1. Rick Santorum
  2. Bobby Jindal
  3. Lindsay Graham
  4. Martin O’Malley
  5. Chris Christie
  6. Mike Huckabee
  7. Rand Paul
  8. Bernie Sanders
  9. John Kasich
  10. Ted Cruz
  11. Joe Biden
  12. Carly Fiorina
  13. Jeb Bush
  14. Marco Rubio
  15. Ben Carson
  16. Donald Trump
  17. Hillary Clinton

I am guessing that you scanned the entire list and that you started making editorial comments as you did so—e.g. Chris Christie isn’t doing any better than Martin O’Malley? Why is Bernie Sanders only ranked 10th

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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