It just broke that Charles Koch has revealed five candidates who he believes have the best chance at winning the presidency. The five candidates are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
According to PBS, the Koch brothers are prepared to whip out a whopping $889 million dollars for the upcoming presidential election. While they haven’t chosen a sole candidate that they will support, narrowing it down to five viable candidates is a big deal, considering there are currently about 18 quadrillion potential GOP candidates.
So what does this all mean?
Well, so far, all three GOP candidates who have launched their campaigns have been backed by Koch. That means no official GOP candidate has been ruled out. The other two who made the list are Bush and Walker, neither of whom have officially launched their campaigns yet. Considering Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have been polling neck-and-neck for the top spot, it is not too surprising that they made the cut.
An interesting thing to note is that both Jeb Bush, and the more adorable mini-Jeb, aka Senator Rubio, made the list. This is interesting because Jeb Bush was a mentor for Rubio, so they have a deep intertwined history with each other, as well as the state of Florida. Despite Jeb being the former Governor of Florida, Koch has obviously noted that Rubio offers tough competition, regardless of him only being a Senator since 2011.
It is important not only to look at who Koch believes are strong candidates, but also the ones who did not make the cut. Some of those who were not dubbed with the highest possibility of electability include Ben Carson, who took 4th at the latest CPAC poll, Huckabee, who’s Real Clear Politics polling average is somehow tied with Rubio, and Chris Christie, who was a big potential name last year, but has not since polled as a top tier candidate.
The ramifications of the Koch brothers’ support could prove to be much more than just financially beneficial. Having the endorsement from the money powerhouse can help prove to the people that a specified candidate is a force to be reckoned with.