NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The race for the Republican presidential nomination is on, with Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich among the candidates vying for the chance to unseat the Democratic incumbent, President Barack Obama. Most polls so far have Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, as the front-runner to get the nod from the GOP, but Ron Paul's supporters are fervent, and Sarah Palin, who has yet to announce whether she'll be in the mix, has the potential to throw the whole race into disarray if she throws her hat into the ring.
Meanwhile, Obama, 49, announced his re-election bid in April as he hopes to become the 14th man to win consecutive presidential elections. His popularity may have cooled since his historic election to the country's highest office, but he's still the man to beat. The latest name to join the GOP field is Jon Huntsman, who on June 21 became the 13th Republican to formally declare his presidential intentions. TheStreet is keeping track of the 2012 presidential field, listing the candidates and their backgrounds, along with any recent news and the latest financial information available about the respective campaigns.