Nine women who could be elected president

Nine women who could be elected president
© Greg Nash

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever MORE’s surprise defeat dealt a blow to hopes that the United States would elect a woman as president.

Yet there are plenty of other women in both parties who could be future candidates.

Here’s a look at nine.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day MORE (D-Mass.)

It’s early, but Warren is seen by most political observers as the odds-on favorite to be the next Democratic presidential nominee, regardless of gender — if she runs.


“She’s clearly the frontrunner among women — and she might be the frontrunner, period,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “She could knock off Trump in 2020.”

Warren’s message of economic populism fires up the same voters who supported Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) in this year’s primary.

But she is “less threatening” to establishment Democrats, who would “feel more comfortable with her than they were with Bernie,” Bannon said.

She also has less baggage than Clinton, he argued.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Haley might be the Republican woman with the best shot of becoming president, though her chances could hinge on how President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE does in the White House.

Haley became the first female governor in South Carolina history in 2011. She was thrust into the national spotlight after a white supremacist shot and killed nine people at a historically African-American church last year in Charleston.

Haley ended up getting the Confederate flag removed from the state capitol grounds.

“Nikki Haley has done a very distinguished job in South Carolina,” said Jane Campbell, president of Women Impacting Public Policy. “The whole nation saw her leadership after that young man came into the church and shot people. She came right out and said we’re not going to have the Confederate flag. She took hold of the situation.”

Haley, who gave the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, has been nominated by Trump to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

This rising Republican star is a Tea Party favorite who was floated as a possible running mate for Trump.

After 23 years in the military, Ernst retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2015.

The Iowa Senator was deployed in Kuwait during the Iraq War, making her the first female combat veteran to be elected to the upper chamber. Her military experience bodes well in Republican circles. 

“She’s a conservative firebrand who will appeal to the Republican base,” said Bannon, “and she’s from Iowa.”

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.)

Clinton, a former New York senator, won the popular vote as the first female presidential nominee of a major party.  

Some think that could pave the way for fellow New York senator Gillibrand to run.

“Sen. Gillibrand is focused on her job in the U.S. Senate and plans on running for re-election in 2018,” spokesman Marc Brumer said in a statement to The Hill.

Sen-elect Kamala Harris (Calif.)

This rising Democratic star reminds many of a young President Obama. 

In the Golden State, Harris became the first woman, African American, and Asian American to serve as attorney general in 2011. Her favorability is peaking as she heads to Washington. 

Just as Gilibrand’s base in New York gives her access to big Democratic donors, Harris is well-connected to sources of campaign money on the West Coast. 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Senate Democrats make democracy reform first bill of new majority Google completes Fitbit acquisition MORE (D-Minn.)

Klobuchar has long been seen as a possible Democratic candidate for president.

The first woman to be elected as a senator from Minnesota, Klobuchar’s biggest challenge might be the fact that she’s not a household name.

Klobuchar’s name was tossed around as a possible replacement for retiring Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Joe Biden's continued 'Russian misinformation' defense of Hunter is conspiracy-level laughable Tyson fires 7 after probe into managers coronavirus betting MORE, but ultimately President Obama selected Loretta Lynch in November 2014 to lead the Department of Justice.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R)

Martinez is the first Hispanic female governor in the United States, and has garnered so much respect in GOP circles that she was elected the chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association.

“That executive leadership well prepares her for the presidency,” said Campbell.

Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of State

Rice was the first African American female to lead the State Department, a position she held during the George W. Bush administration.

A Republican, Rice called on Trump to drop his White House bid after the infamous video of the president-elect talking lewdly about women was leaked. “Enough! Donald Trump should not be president,” she posted on Facebook. “He should withdraw.”

Rice was also a member of the National Security Council under President George H. W. Bush.

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAshley Biden says Melania Trump has not reached out to Jill Biden Biden poised to be the most pro-immigrant president since Reagan Obama honors MLK Day: 'He never gave in to violence, never waved a traitorous flag' MORE 

The first lady has insisted on several occasions that she has no interest in a political career, even one that would involve a bid for the Oval Office.

That hasn’t completely stopped chatter about Obama, who is perhaps the most popular political figure in the country.

During an interview this week with Oprah Winfrey, the first lady reiterated that she had no secret ambition to one day run for president: “No, I don’t make stuff up,” she said. “I’m not coy. If I were interested in it, I would say it. I don’t believe in playing games. It’s not something I would do.”