Beyond Hillary Clinton: Eight Democrats who might run if she doesn't

If Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn't run for president in 2016, there’s a wide array of potential candidates. Here's our list:

By , Staff writer

4. Andrew Cuomo

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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., in this March 27, 2013, photo.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York appears regularly in polls on potential 2016 contenders, for obvious reasons. He governs one of the nation’s largest states, and has a famous name: His father, Mario Cuomo, was a three-term governor of New York. And the Empire State has a track record of sending governors to the White House.

After taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo won kudos from constituents across the ideological spectrum. He pleased liberals by fighting for gay marriage, and satisfied centrists by passing a budget that cut spending and didn’t raise taxes, by taking on the state’s big public-sector union, and by achieving tax reform.

For three years, Cuomo enjoyed strong job approval, but in March 2014, his rating took a dive, amid the state’s economic struggles. Then in July, he got in hot water over allegations he had hobbled an investigation by an ethics commission he had established and then shut down.

So far, Cuomo has shown little sign of running. Still, HarperCollins will publish his memoir in September 2014 – just as his reelection campaign is heating up … and in time for any other campaign he may wish to launch.

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