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 ClintonDem asks for 'highest level of scrutiny' on AT&T-Time Warner deal Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 5 points Lady Gaga praying for 'peaceful Election Day' 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 HaganPhoto finish predicted for Trump, Clinton in North Carolina Are Senate Republicans facing an election wipeout? Clinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race 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 ObamaWhat will be in Obama’s Presidential Library Lots of (just) talk about 'draining the swamp' America’s Eastern European mess MORE in the Democratic primary.

According to ABC News, the letter was organized by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCalifornia House Republicans facing tougher headwinds House and Senate water bills face billion difference Boxer, Feinstein endorse Kamala Harris in two-Dem Senate race 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 GillibrandMusic streamer Spotify joins Gillibrand’s push for paid family leave Gillibrand proposes sexual assault reforms for Merchant Marine Academy Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs MORE (D-N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs EpiPen maker to pay 5M to settle overcharging case MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGraham: GOP Senate could rein in Clinton White House Clinton: Warren gets under Trump's 'thin skin like nobody else' Warren: Trump is right about Sen. Kelly Ayotte being weak 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 McCaskillMcCaskill offers Trump 'Mean Girls' advice Trump's taxes bump Miss Universe from headlines Dem on NYT report: Trump 'walks away with a golden ticket' 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.