|Danny Chung 2016|
|Campaign||2016 U.S. primary elections|
Governor of Minnesota
|Status||Announced: Fall 2015|
Withdrew: Spring 2016
|This article is part of a series about |
|2016 (Primaries, Convention)
|The Good Fight
The 2016 presidential campaign of Danny Chung, the governor of Minnesota, was formally announced in the fall of 2015. He withdrew his candidacy in spring 2016.
Campaign[edit | edit source]
Before the primaries[edit | edit source]
Chung had always been considered a rising star within the party, and was strongly considering a Presidential run in 2020 after President Hughes' second term expires. However, when impeachment talks grew, Chung announced that he would set up an exploratory committee, "to look into whether in a couple of years I might be of use serving at an even higher level.", basically saying he would challenge Hughes for the nomination in 2016. However, in September 2015, Hughes announced he would not be seeking re-election.
Chung's politics have been described as liberal, while Selina's were described as more moderate and George Maddox's were described as more conservative. Chung stuck by his pro-choice record when Hughes reversed his abortion stance in Fall 2015.
In October 2015, rumors escalated that Chung had tortured people during his time in Iraq. This rumor had been started by Dan Egan, who would eventually become the campaign manager to Selina Meyer, and was spread by Jonah Ryan, who had his own news site called "Ryantology". In January 2016, the rumors came back to Egan, and Ryan was forced to disavow the internet.
At the primary debate, Chung was interrupted by Joe Thornhill, who answered a question intended for the Governor. Chung stuck by his war record and suggested that young people should look into serving their country as an alternative to finding a job. Chung came in third place, behind Thornhill and Meyer, but ahead of Maddox and Owen Pierce.
Primaries[edit | edit source]
Chung lost the Iowa caucus to Thornhill. Maddox and Pierce endorsed Chung, shortly before the New Hampshire primary. With the race down to just Thornhill, Meyer, and Chung, New Hampshire proved to be a must-win state. Chung won the New Hampshire primary by a significant margin, with Thornhill beating Meyer by just one percent.
Chung drops out at some point that Spring. At the party convention, he was considered a possible running mate for Selina after Doyle announced he would be leaving the ticket. Chung, however, refused, saying he doesn't like the way she operates.