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 ClintonWeld wins Libertarian nomination for VP Sanders supporter challenges Wyo. delegate allocation Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals 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 ObamaRepublican senator expects Trump will 'embrace' GOP platform Frustration with White House builds in Hispanic caucus Giuliani touts Trump as true candidate of 'hope' MORE in the Democratic primary.

According to ABC News, the letter was organized by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerLatinos key in Democratic battle for California delegates Dem senators back Interior coal leasing review Trump and Sanders whip up debate buzz 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 GillibrandOvernight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz Defense bill renews fight over military sexual assault MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Clinton with a moderate VP would be a 'disaster' Verizon, striking unions reach agreement in principle What Bernie needs to do right now 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 McCaskillDems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Party chairs see reversal of fortune Why Wasserman Schultz must go 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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