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James Stuart “Jim” Gilmore III – 2016 Presidential Candidate

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Jim Gilmore 2016 Presidential Candidate

Jim Gilmore 2016 Presidential Candidate

James Stuart “Jim” Gilmore (born October 6, 1949) was the 68th Governor of Virginia from 1998 – 2002. Gilmore graduated from the University of Virginia as a Bachelor of Arts with a Juris Doctor. He then served in the United States Army as a counterintelligence agent. He also has served as a county prosecutor and as the Attorney General of Virginia.  Gilmore announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election on July 30, 2015.

Gilmore’s campaign included, focus on the 2nd amendment; the right to bear arms, immigration and border reinforcement, healthcare reform and restoring American’s economy. Gilmore is not well known as a Presidential candidate among voters,  he struggled to gain traction in the 2016 election and was excluded from many debates.

In the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses, Gilmore received 12 votes earning him 0 delegates. Gilmore suspended his campaign February 12, 2016 Gilmore suspended his campaign.



Allen, Cooper (July 30, 2015). “Jim Gilmore formally joins GOP presidential race”. USA Today. Retrieved April 9, 2016.

“Jim Gilmore ends 2016 presidential bid”. Washington Post. February 12, 2016. April 9, 2016.




  1. oportosanto April 13, 2016

    No surprised that he suspended his campaign as he is not well known and has almost no support, as 0 delegates illustrate. The right to bear arms was a more popular slogan in the past, as the right to live seems more important.

  2. George Edwards April 13, 2016

    Like many others, Gilmore threw his hat in the ring for the election. I am not really sure what had led him to believe he had any fraction of a shot. The only fact that I like about him his strong emphasis on the 2nd amendment. Apart from this I haven’t been able to see many positives.

  3. oportosanto April 15, 2016

    It all depends on how we think @George Edwards. Many times we believe that they are really running when in reality they are just gathering support to give later to another candidate.

  4. martinearletara April 17, 2016

    I’d have to agree with oportosanto. It seems like Gilmore ran for president just to drum up future votes from the free publicity and also balloning his reelection funds from all of the blind support he received. I can’t help but think that a Super PAC was involved.

  5. oportosanto April 21, 2016

    Yeah, that is happening all the time. When running for Presidency huge supports are necessary. We need a lot of people in the right places and, of course, a lot of money.

  6. eduguy April 25, 2016

    I don’t know this candidate that well, but looking at the ratings, he seems to be a favorite even though he only received 12 votes. I agree with his focus on border reinforcement, healthcare reform, and restoring America’s economy. He does seem to have good credentials, although most candidates do, but what he does have is experience. He was a Governor already, so maybe the experience would help him out a lot?

  7. LeonasSword April 25, 2016

    Like many others, Gilmore threw his hat in the ring for the election. I am not authentically sure what had led him to believe he had any fraction of a shot. The only fact that I like about him his vigorous accentuation on the 2nd amendment. Apart from this I haven’t been able to optically discern many positives.

  8. Deka April 26, 2016

    The great thing about James Stuart Gilmore or Jim is that he has the background of a lawyer meaning, he has great knowledge about the laws. And since he has been a governor before, he also has some experience in running a state. He ran for senator in Virginia as well, but he lost against by Mark Warner.

    I also applaud his support for the second amendment. The only thing that makes me apprehensive about him is that he supports abortion eight weeks to twelve weeks into the pregnancy. Well… He didn’t really support it, but he isn’t against it as well. I can understand that maybe for rape victims abortion is an option.

    I guess that’s about it. But he has a lot more to prove before he can win the hearts of voters. Maybe if he had won senator first, then he might have a bit of an edge in the presidential elections.

  9. oportosanto April 26, 2016

    I do agree it’s important to know the laws, but at the same time we have legal advisors for that. I think they should make the right calls for the population and not for corporate interests, as simple as that.

  10. sashinka1606 April 27, 2016

    I am not surprised; yet another presidential candidate which I have just now heard of. At this point, I doubt it’s significant, as Donald Trump will almost definitely win the Republican nomination.

    I’m also not surprised Gilmore didn’t receive much national attention- his platform is fairly generic and I don’t see any particularly passionate or dedicated (like a specific movement) behind his campaign.

  11. oportosanto April 28, 2016

    That is the fact, Trump will most likely make it and it’s a big surprise if you ask me. I feel this also shows the extremist that the republican have become as they support someone with such crazy ideas.


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