Hillary Clinton to launch presidential campaign online
Hillary Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her 2016 US presidential campaign tomorrow, sources have said.
The former US Secretary of State will be making her second bid for president and will enter in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 Democratic primary, President Barack Obama. If elected, she would be America's first female president.
The first official word that Mrs Clinton will seek the Democratic Party's nomination will be in an online video posted on social media.
She will then make stops in key early-voting states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, where she will hold small events with voters.
One Democrat familiar with the campaign rollout said Mrs Clinton's stops would include visits to people's homes in those early states.
Mrs Clinton appears unlikely to face a stiff primary opponent, though a handful of lower-profile Democrats have said they are considering their own campaigns.
Should she ultimately win the nomination, the former US First Lady would face the winner of a Republican primary season that could feature as many as two dozen candidates.
Among them, Republican senator Marco Rubio, of Florida, is expected to formally announce his campaign in Miami on Monday - a day after Mrs Clinton's announcement on social media.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents, and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, are also expected to enter the race, with both considered early front-runners.
The drive for office will see Mrs Clinton return to politics following a two-year leave from government.
Republicans have been preparing for a Clinton campaign since she left Mr Obama's administration in early 2013.
They intend to campaign against her by equating her potential presidency to that of a "third" Obama term, during which, they argue, she would continue with his most unpopular policies.
Mrs Clinton's race is expected to cost more than the $1,000,000,000 (£682 million) Mr Obama raised for his 2012 re-election, with online fundraising a priority.