Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

It’s official: Clinton formally announces her candidacy in an email to her supporters on Sunday, April 12, 2015

After a long wait, it’s finally official: Hillary Clinton is running for U.S. president in 2016.

According to numerous reports, Clinton formally announced her candidacy on Sunday in an email to her supporters.

“I wanted to make sure you heard it first from me — it’s official: Hillary’s running for president,” said Clinton’s advisor, John Podesta, in the email, according to CNBC.

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A longtime Clinton supporter, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney — who represents New York’s 18th district covering Orange and Putnam counties, as well as parts of southern Dutchess and northeastern Westchester — vocalized his support in a statement released on Sunday. “Too many of our hard-working neighbors are still struggling in this economy; we need to elect a tenacious leader focused on moving our country forward, for everyone,” said Maloney. “For almost 25 years, I’ve watched Hillary go to bat for all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love. I’m looking forward to hearing her plans to help hardworking families get ahead and stay ahead.”

Related: Hillary Clinton Joins Sean Patrick Maloney on Campaign Trail in Somers (October 2014)

There’s plenty of hype — and plenty of doubt — surrounding Clinton’s candidacy, but famous political analyst and Five Thirty Eight Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver puts Clinton’s chances at around 50% to become the country’s first-ever female president.

More details will continue to roll out throughout Sunday and in the upcoming weeks. For now, our biggest question isn’t “Would you vote for Hillary?” but “Why didn’t the Chappaqua resident headquarter her operation in the Hudson Valley?” Sigh.

Watch Clinton’s official announcement video below:

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