What does GOP stand for?


The term GOP refers to the Grand Old Party. It is another name for the Republican Party. It was formed 166 years back and is represented by the red colour. Well, this party is one of the two contemporary parties in the country of the United States of America. It’s rival is the Democratic Party which is another contemporary party that competes in every election in full swing.

What is a Republican?

As far as the name of the Republican Party is concerned, this name was selected around the 1850s as the year of formation of this party is 1854. The idea was coined by Horace Greeley. He was the leading publicist of this party. The word Republican means people who have united to restore the Union for its mission of promulgator and champion of liberty. The Chairperson of this party is Ronna McDaniel, the President is Donal Trump and the Vice President is Mike Pence.

The Elections of 2020: The Republicans

The current President of the U.S. i.e. Donald Trump. He is the 45th President of the country will again appear as a nominee of Republican Party in the presidential election which is going to be held in the year 2020. An interesting fact worth noting is that Donald Trump had already filed his bid for the re-election in the year 2017 on 18th February itself.

It is pretty much earlier than the time period usually his predecessors used to do. After him, Bill Weld announced the campaign for the former governor of Massachusetts. He was followed by Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford and Rocky De La Fuente. Trump is seen as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party since he received the majority from the pledged delegates.

Some speculations are going on that there might be a tough challenge from his own party because of the unpopularity in the elections and the allegations that have been made against him of interfering with the 2016 elections of Russia.

The Elections of 2016: The Republicans

There were two presidential candidates who ran for the race. One was Donald Trump who fought from his home state New York. Another candidate was Ted Cruz who fought from his home state Texas. Some other candidates like John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee took part in at least 2 presidential debates. However, They either suspended or withdrew their campaigns on 1st February, 2016. While on the other hand, candidates like George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry suspended or withdrew their campaigns before the primaries itself.

The voter turnout in the election of 2016 turned out to be 55.7%. Donald Trump, the candidate from Republican Party got 304 electoral votes while Hillary Clinton from the Democrat Party got 227 votes. However, the popular votes in favour of Donald Trump were 62,984,828 and those in favour of Hillary Clinton were  65,853,514.

The Belief of Republicans

The ideology of the Republican Party is actually American conservatism which incorporates social values and economic policies. Lower taxes, restrictions imposed on immigration, gun rights, deregulation & restrictions imposed on labour unions and restrictions imposed on abortion. Till date, there have been 19 Presidents from the Republican Party.


It is the highest number from any single political party. Currently, this party controls the 29 state legislatures, many governorships and 21 state trifectas. While keeping all the speculations aside, let’s wait and see what the election of 2020 has to unfold for the entire United States of America and the world too.