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 ClintonClinton campaign manager: Trump does what's best for his bottom line Gingrich slams Clinton: 'What has she been right about?' Sanders to Clinton: 'Stand up, be bolder' to win over supporters 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 ObamaCannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit Obama: 'There's still work to do' for gay community Our most toxic export: American politick MORE in the Democratic primary.

According to ABC News, the letter was organized by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Dems who sat out the sit-in offer array of reasons Senate honors Cleveland Cavs' NBA championship 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 shares star power with NY House hopeful Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Protecting living organ donors' rights MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate Brother may I? Congress must reform senseless drug regulation Caution: drug competition not allowed MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBernie fights for relevance Kaine: Nobody should ever say they're ready to be president Al Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked 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 McCaskillOvernight Tech: Obama heads back to Silicon Valley | FCC meeting preview | Yahoo bans terror content | Zuckerberg on sit-in live streams Senator shares frustrating call with cable company Hate TV customer service? So does your senator 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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