All of the Senate's Democratic women have reportedly signed a letter throwing their support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJohn Legend not ruling out talking politics at Oscars Clinton taunts GOP lawmakers for dodging town halls Instagram taps former Michelle Obama, Clinton aide to lead communications 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 HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 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 ObamaInauguration singer to Trump: Meet with me and my transgender sister NY attorney general: Transgender students to be protected despite withdrawal of Obama regulations Tillerson buys .6M home blocks from Obamas, Ivanka Trump: report MORE in the Democratic primary.
According to ABC News, the letter was organized by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCarly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor 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 GillibrandSanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero Dem senator predicts Gorsuch will be confirmed A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero A guide to the committees: Senate Drug importation from other countries will save dollars and lives MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch Sanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero Warren wants briefing on probe into Trump ally 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 McCaskillA guide to the committees: Senate Juan Williams: Senate GOP begins to push Trump away Dem senator: I may face 2018 primary from Tea Party-esque progressives 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.