Democratic Candidates

President Barack Obama announced the launch of his 2012 campaign on April 4, 2011 in an email and web video.  He did not face a credible primary challenger, although early in the cycle there was some talk that if he displeased the left wing of the party too much such a challenge might materialize.  Most commonly mentioned were former Sen. Russ Feingold (WI) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH) and former Sen. Mike Gravel (AK/VA). 

President Barack Obama - (announced candidacy April 4, 2011)  Elected President on Nov. 4, 2008, defeating Sen. John McCain by 52.9% to 45.7% (365 electoral votes to 173).  Elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.  Elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and re-elected in 1998 and 2002 (served 1997-2004).  Civil rights attorney at Miner, Barnhill & Galland and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School specializing in constitutional law.   Executive director of Illinois Project Vote, April-Nov. 1992.  J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1991.  Moved to Chicago in June 1985 and worked three years as director of the Developing Communities Project, a group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods.  One year as a writer and financial analyst at Business International Corporation.  Graduated from Columbia University in 1983 after attending Occidental College, 1979-81.  Born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI.
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Pro-Life Activist Randall Terry - (formally announced candidacy Jan. 20, 2011)  As an activist Terry has been arrested close to 50 times and authored five books.  Republican primary candidate against Florida State Sen. Jim King in 2006.  Formed the Society for Truth and Justice and led the fight to keep Terri Schiavo on life support.  Candidate for the Republican nomination against Rep. Maurice Hinchey in Upstate New York in 1998; lost the primary, and obtained about 7% as RtL candidate in the general.  Did two nationally syndicated radio shows for a decade.  Founded Operation Rescue in 1988.  Undergraduate degree from SUNY, Empire State College, 2006.  B.A. from Whitfield (unaccredited).  Diploma from Elim Bible Institute, 1981 (unaccredited).  Born 1959. 
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