The 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries were a series of contests to decide the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama was term-limited, so he wasn't able to run in the primaries.
In June, Hillary Clinton was selected as the Party's 2016 nominee.
- Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State (2009-2012), US Senator from New York (2001-2009) and former First Lady (1993-2001)
Stayed until Convention
- Bernard Sanders, Independent US Senator from Vermont (2007-2025), US Representative from Vermont's at-large congressional district (1991-2007), Mayor of Burlington, Vermont (1981-1989)
Dropped out during Primaries
- Jack Carter, US Senator from Nevada (2007-2021), Son of former President Jimmy Carter dropped out on March 2, 2016 and endorsed Hillary Clinton at the convention
- Mike Beebe, former Governor of Arkansas (2007-2015) dropped out on February 28, 2016 and endorsed Hillary Clinton
- Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland (2007-2015) dropped out on February 1, 2016 and endorsed Hillary Clinton after she became the presumptive nominee
Dropped Out before primaries
- Lincoln Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island
- Jim Webb, US Senator from Virginia
- Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard Law School
Contests (Primaries, Caucuses)
Bernie Sanders won the Iowa caucus, winning 18 delegates to Hillary Clinton's 17, Jack Carter's 6 and Mike Beebe's 3.
New Hampshire primary
Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary, winning 14 delegates to Hillary Clinton's 8 and Jack Carter's 2.
Jack Carter won the Nevada caucus, winning 15 delegates to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders 10 delegates.
South Carolina primary
Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina primary, winning 24 delegates to Bernie Sanders's 12, Mike Beebe's 10 and Jack Carter's 7. The day after the South Carolina primary, Mike Beebe dropped out and endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.