Heart of the 2016 campaign: Meet the presidental candidates' spouses

The race to the White House is never run alone. With the public's interest in presidential candidates comes a similar fascination with their potential First Ladies (and First Man) who influence the future commander-in-chief. Here are the spouses behind 2016's presidential contenders.

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    Ted and Heidi Cruz

    Heidi Nelson Cruz is an investment manager at Goldman Sachs. She and Ted Cruz (R-TX) back in 2001 while they were both working on the George W. Bush campaign. They have two younger daughters together. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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    Former Miami Dolphin cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes married Marco Rubio (R-FL) in 1998 after being high school sweethearts. The Colombian beauty has 4 children with Rubio and is reportedly shy, preferring to focus on family life while her husband heads down the presidential trail. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  
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    jeb and columbia bush

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his wife Columba met as teens in her native Leon, Mexico and married in 1974. Active in the arts, Columba played a role in the founding of the "Arts for Life!" education program. They have three children together. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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    donald and melania trump

    Former model Melania Trump was born in Slovenia and met her husband Donald at a New York Fashion Week party in 1998, then married in 2005. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair and various other magazines and currently has her own jewelry and watch line on QVC. The couple have one son together. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
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    John and Karen Kasich

    Both Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his wife, Karen, attended Ohio State University, then married in 1997. She was a business executive and has two twin teenage daughters with Kasich. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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    Dr. Ben Carson met his wife Lacena, better known as "Candy," at Yale in 1971, then married her in 1975. A former concert violinist, Candy has cofounded the Carson Scholars Fund and coauthored one of her husband's bestselling books. The couple has three sons. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    hillary and bill clinton

    Former Secretary of State Clinton met her husband, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, at Yale in 1971 and married in 1975. Raised as a conservative, Hillary has made a name for herself under the Democratic banner, originally as First Lady in the 1990s and U.S. senator from New York. The couple has one daughter and one granddaughter.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Sen. Bernie Sanders met his wife, Jane, in 1981 and married her the night he was elected Mayor of Burlington in 1988. Having been cited by Sanders as "one of his key advisers," Jane currently serves as president of Burlington College and has three children from her first marriage. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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