Quick question for you. How many people are running for President of the United States in the 2016 election. If you guess any number under 300, you'd be wrong. I know it's hard to believe, but the actual number is closer to 400. Here's a rough break down of some of the lesser-known political parties represented in the 2016 race.

Now, we're all familiar with the main parties, but you'll be amazed at the number of political parties that exist in this country. We all know the main two parties and most of us will be familiar with the names of their candidates.



There are over 150 people running for president on the Republican ticket including Elmer Farmer of Louisiana. There was no link to his name, so we don't know anything about him at all



There are over 150 Democrats running for President in 2016 including, Jerome Singleton Jr. of Louisiana.  No idea who he is or where he's from in Louisiana, just know that he's running.

Following the two main parties, we have:

The American Freedom Party

The Constitution party

The Green party

The Independent American Party

The Libertarian Party has about 30 candidates

The Socialism and Liberation Party

The Peace and Freedom Party

The Prohibition Party

The Reform Party

Veteran's Party of America

Worker's World Party

And that is just a partial list and doesn't include any of the true Independent parties.

Why do these people even bother running? Good question. Most of them are far too minor to have any influence over any presidential race and they certainly don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of even getting on a ballot in even one state.

I guess it's so they can add "presidential candidate" to their resumes.

You can read about a lot of these unknown candidates and parties if you go HERE