Hillary Clinton

Democratic Nominee

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Former First Lady Hillary Clinton might be getting tired of that spotlight: it sure is bringing a whole lot of heat. The front-runner for the nomination even before she announced, Clinton has enjoyed huge leads in national polls over all of the other Democratic candidates. No single challenger has emerged from the “Anybody But Hillary” camp, which has allowed Clinton to keep charging forward without worrying too much about who is in her rearview mirror. But the same factors that have made her the lead candidate so far (most importantly name recognition) could be her downfall: Clinton has unfavorability ratings in the upper-40s, whereas no other Democratic candidate breaks into the 30s.

Biography

Hillary is, of course, the wife of former President Bill Clinton. A Republican in her early years, she switched parties and campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Democratic primaries. She graduated from Yale Law in 1973, and worked as an attorney in Little Rock until Bill was elected to the White House. In 2000, at the end of Bill’s second term, Hillary was elected as the junior Senator from New York, a position to which she was reelected in 2006.