On Crowded Stage, All Roles Now Seem to Be Cast

NYT FDMaggie Haberman 7/22/2015

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Good Wednesday morning from Washington, where President Obama continues to press for several favored deals, policies and initiatives. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is traveling to Tennessee, an important variable in his electoral math. But the newest name to be added to the contender list on Tuesday might have represented the final “big announcement” of the nominating race.

More than 20 candidates later, the field for the 2016 presidential race appears to be largely set.

The latest entrant was Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, the 16th prominent Republican candidate to announce a campaign.

Mr. Kasich is also very likely the party’s last big-name entrant. The Republican field is bursting at the seams so much that one debate stage can’t hold them all.

And the Democratic field, which is generally viewed as a tightening but not yet close fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, seems unlikely to gain a new contender.

Some supporters of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. still hope he will jump into the race. And if he did, it would greatly change the dynamic. But his main focus has been on grappling with the loss of his eldest child, Beau Biden, to brain cancer at the end of May.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, meanwhile, appears more interested in the relevance that commenting from the sidelines brings. Her band of supporters has let go of efforts to draft her.

Barring something cataclysmic, the initial phase of the race to succeed President Obama has come to a close.