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The 2016 presidential race is getting as crowded as the Duggars’ minivan. On the Democratic side, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the second competitor to announce his candidacy. Sanders isn’t even officially a Democrat — he’s an Independent who caucuses with them. He’s kind of like the Scarlet Witch and the Avengers!

On the Republican side, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and retired brain surgeon Ben Carson are now officially in the race. Mike Huckabee will be as of Tuesday, and you know Jeb Bush is getting closer to declaring and moving in on Marco Rubio’s BFF, Pitbull.

To discuss the 2016 race, “Come Here and Say That” got someone who will be spending the next 18 months sorting out exactly how much these inane, historically hypothetical parlor games actually matter: ABC News political director Rick Klein.

He broke it all down for us: Can these other candidates actually change much about the race?

Well, in Sanders’ case, no, Klein put it. But on the Republican side, Fiorina and Carson could really change things up. “Stranger things have happened,” Klein told us. “Republicans need to be looking and acting a little differently.”

If you need a cheat sheet on all the candidates, check out the video for Klein’s expert opinion. These new Republicans may well force their party to look beyond white men and change things up.

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