Run, Hillary, run, say Senate's Dem women

Anne Wernikoff

All of the Senate's Democratic women have reportedly signed a letter throwing their support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: Clinton leads Trump by 12 points nationally Watchdog releases new batch of State Department emails Mark Cuban: Trump lies more than Clinton MORE's expected bid for president in 2016, the latest indication the former secretary of State would clear the field if she ran.

According to Capital New York, Sen. Kay HaganKay HaganClinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race Democratic National Convention event calendar 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 MORE (D-N.C.) told a gathering of Democratic women hosted by EMILY's List of the letter.

“All of the Senate Democratic women have written her a letter encouraging her to run,” Hagan said at the Monday event.

Hagan said she does, indeed, support a potential Clinton presidential bid, a shift from 2008 when she avoided backing either Clinton or then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaThe moral origins of Donald Trump’s rise to power Part One Rubio primary challenger loans campaign M Dear Cory Booker: How's that 'Camden Rising' thing working out? MORE in the Democratic primary.

According to ABC News, the letter was organized by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerJuan Williams: Dems should not take Latinos for granted Reid faces Sanders supporters' fury at DNC Calif. Dem touts her 'badass' sister's Senate run MORE (D-Calif.) as a "private show of support" for their former colleague.

The former secretary of State has not yet decided on a run, but Democrats expect her to enter the race and largely clear the field.

The reported letter is the latest indication that Clinton's candidacy would likely dissuade other contenders from running.

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMoving beyond minimal: Fighting for paid family and medical leave McAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGrassley presses EpiPen maker on 400 percent price increase Clinton's court shortlist emerges Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenScott Brown calls ex-Fox host harassment charge ‘totally false’ The disclosure wars Blame Citizens United for unsavory political consulting MORE (D-Mass.) have all been mentioned as possible Democratic contenders, but if they've signed onto the letter, that signals they'd step aside for Clinton. 

At least one female senator, Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillSenate Dem: You can say Trump and his 'friend' Putin founded ISIS Sunday shows preview: Trump's tough week McCaskill blasts Gingrich for comparing Trump to Truman MORE (D-Mo.), has already announced she'd support a Clinton presidential bid, backing the pro-Clinton super-PAC Ready for Hillary.

Hagan, Clinton and Boxer's offices did not respond to a request for comment.

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