Jim Gilmore is one of the most unfamiliar names in the race for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The former governor of Virginia’s (1998-2002) political career includes a brief spell as chairperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2001 and a failed bid for the Senate in 2008. He also entered the race for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, but dropped out early in the process due to a lack of fundraising.
Age: 66 (born October 6, 1949)
Campaign: Gilmore for America
Political views: A typical conservative, however he has not managed to set himself aside from the other candidates with any of his views or presented any real plans or policy solutions.
Chances of winning: None, Gilmore is unknown for most voters and in such a large field there are plenty of more charismatic, recognisable and loud candidates to claim the spotlight. This leaves candidates such as Gilmore, who is at the very back of the field, with virtually no chance of climbing back into the race.
Update: Jim Gilmore finally dropped out of the race following the New Hampshire Primary, after staying in the race far longer than his support, poll numbers or chances merited.
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