WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One may wind up as the first woman to lead the. Another is relatively young and could run again for president. The third may simply resume his role as a congressional maverick and retire in two years.
These are among the options that await the losers in the three-way race for the White House.
, who has wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination, will square off in November against , 60, or , 46, both fellow senators locked in a battle for the Democratic nomination.
McCain, who turns 72 in August, would be the oldest first-term U.S. president. Clinton would be the first female president; Obama would be the first black president and one of the youngest.
“The three face very different situations, but in each case they have to show some grace if they lose — or they will be in trouble,” saidof American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
The first test will be how quickly they are able to set aside the disappointment of failing to capture the White House. It’s not easy.
“Who says I’ve let go yet?”of , the Democrats’ failed 2004 presidential nominee, said with a chuckle and a shrug.
“It’s difficult. But you have to move on. Being a senator is a great job. You can do a lot of good,” Kerry said.
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