When to expect more 2016 announcements

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE’s (R-Texas) presidential announcement on Monday kick-started a 2016 race that’s has been in its nascent stages for months.

Now, official entrances are expected to come quickly from other contenders in the field — many next month while others could wait until the summer to make their intentions known.

Here is a cheat-sheet to every candidate’s timeline for announcing their plans.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R): Bush doesn’t know when he’ll announce — or if he does, he isn’t sharing.

“I don’t know, Brian. I really don’t know...I’m focused on travelling the country, listening to people, getting a sense of what their concerns are,” he said Thursday on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends.” “That’s my part of this. I have a lot of smart people trying to organize, if I turn the light green, they’ll figure out when the best time to do it is.”

Still, he has been hiring staff members — from a likely campaign manager to top communications advisers — and keeping up a busy schedule through his Right to Rise PAC that could easily transition into a campaign.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.): Paul has telegraphed that an official announcement will come in Louisville, Ky. on April 7, according to multiple media reports, and will subsequently embark on an early state tour. 

The date also has another significance: It is one day after the final game in the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Tournament, where the University of Kentucky Wildcats are heavy favorites. 

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R-Fla.): Rubio will likely make an announcement sometime this spring. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Rubio could announce  as soon as April. Earlier reports have indicated that he plans to announce some time this spring, even if he doesn’t officially pull the trigger next month. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R): The bombastic governor is expected to make a decision by the end of the spring, according to Time Magazine.

In the meantime, he has been traveling abroad to burnish his foreign policy resume and hiring consultants for a possible campaign.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R): An aide to Walker told ABC News that he would likely wait to decide on a run until late spring or summer — with a formal announcement possibly coming in June. One thing political observers shouldn’t expect, however, is a Walker exploratory committee.

“Should we decide to, we would go probably from where we are at to an outright presidential campaign, if we thought the circumstances were right. But that’s still a ways off,” Walker said last month.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R): An adviser to the governor said that he plans to wait until after the Louisiana legislature finishes its session on June 11 to make any announcements about a possible presidential campaign.


Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R): The former Hewlett-Packard CEO will make a decision about running in April or May, according to National Journal, right as she begins the promotional tour for her new book.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.): Graham is expected to announce whether he plans to run by the middle of May, according to Politico.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): The social conservative who  was the 2012 runner-up will make a decision on whether to try again by late spring, ABC News reported earlier this year.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R): As far back as January, Perry told The New York Times that he would wait until May or June to make his decision. He has said that he will stick to that timeline, regardless of developments in his ongoing legal case.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson (R): The neurosurgeon turned conservative activist launched an exploratory committee this month. When he was asked in February if he would be making an announcement by May, he said that sounded “reasonable" but wasn't willing to make a hard commitment to that timeline.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE (D): After the scandal over her use of a private email account while at the State Department, Clinton may be looking to launch her campaign sooner rather than later. The smart money seems to be predicting that she will make an announcement next month — though reports caution that an exact April date has not been chosen.

Those reports follow speculation that she might announce an exploratory committee in April, but not formally launch a campaign until July.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.): The liberal member of the upper chamber said in December that he would make a decision on a run for the Democratic nomination by this month, but there has been no evidence to suggest he will make an announcement in the few remaining days of March.

Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.): Webb, who launched an exploratory committee last year, said this month that he “carefully and methodically” weighing a run but gave no timeline for a decision.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D): As part of a scant field of possible challengers to Clinton, O’Malley is reportedly calibrating his own announcement schedule to hers. In December, the Washington Post reported that he would be making an announcement in the spring — possibly around April.