Cuomo Ends Hypothetical 2016 Presidential Bid

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Andrew Cuomo may be the first person to drop out of the 2016 presidential race, though technically no one is running yet. Cuomo has said he isn't even thinking about 2016 on numerous occasions, though that hasn't put a stop to the speculation, particularly from his dad. Now a source says he's resigned himself to the fact that he's losing the race that currently only exists in political junkies' minds. “The governor has told people in recent weeks that there’s not a chance for him to run if Hillary gets in the race because she’ll easily wrap up the Democratic nomination,’’ a Cuomo administration insider tells the Post. “He knows that and he accepts that, and so he won’t even be thinking at all in those terms — unless Hillary decides not to run, which seems unlikely."

Fortunately, people can start pinning their hopes for the (extremely distant) future on another New York politician. Politico has a lengthy article on New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is "quietly building a résumé that would allow her to be taken seriously should she ever decide to run for president." Gillibrand, who holds Clinton's former seat, won't be running in 2016 either — or anytime soon. Politico notes that Gillibrand has both Clinton and Cuomo standing in her way, and she's relatively unknown nationally. However, "Remove those issues, and she would be seen as a first-tier presidential candidate by most metrics — especially at a time when both parties are eager to find strong female prospects for the White House." It's beginning to look like Gillibrand could be a major player in 2024, presuming no other issues arise in the next decade or so.