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Hillary Clinton to Officially Join Presidential Race This Weekend: Reports

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Hillary Clinton will officially announce her candidacy for president of the United States this weekend, according to reports.

While the announcement has yet to be officially confirmed, the New York Daily News reports that the former secretary of state is “likely to announce via video and social media” on Sunday. Business Insider also reports that Clinton will announce her run this weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.

Clinton’s run for the presidency will hardly come as a surprise. The politician has long been hyped as the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 election, despite the fact that she has yet to make any official announcement.

The Daily News reports that she is expected to begin her campaign with a series of smaller events in Iowa and New Hampshire, which are often the battleground for presidential hopefuls due to their early primaries.

If she does run, this will mark Clinton’s second time vying for the presidency. She first ran during the 2008 election, but lost the Democrat ticket to then-junior senator Barack Obama. Clinton later served on Obama’s cabinet, working as the secretary of state from the start of his presidency in 2009 through Feb. 1, 2013.

When Clinton left her position in 2013, political watchers took it as a sign that the former first lady was preparing for her own campaign in 2016.

The past few months have not been without criticism for Clinton. In March, she admitted to using a private email address while working as the secretary of state because it was “convenient.” While the politician said that she was “allowed” to use her personal email, critics took issue with the fact that it caused an issue for journalists requesting records through the Freedom of Information Act and Benghazi investigators who have subpoenaed Clinton.

So far, Republicans Ted Cruz, a senator from Texas, and Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky, are the only major candidates to make official announcements leading up to the 2016 race.

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