All of the Senate's Democratic women have reportedly signed a letter throwing their support behind Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the Indiana primary Sanders: 'Extremely undemocratic' to call Clinton the nominee at this point Trump wins majority of Indiana delegates 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 Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high 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 ObamaClinton still on track for nomination despite Indiana setback Trump takes Indiana, forcing Cruz out of GOP race Morris: 2016 a 1952 redux MORE in the Democratic primary.
According to ABC News, the letter was organized by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCruz fouls out in Indiana Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Senate panel backs B water bill with Flint aid 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 GillibrandCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Maryland Senate primary intensifies MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLobbying World Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren pledges to 'fight my heart out' to defeat Trump Overnight Regulation: FDA campaign targets smoking in LGBT community Warren presses White House to move ahead on overtime rules 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 McCaskillDem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Bill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ 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.