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IS CLINTON’S NOMINATION A FOREGONE CONCLUSION?

Nearly 225 Democratic fundraisers have each pledged to donate or raise $25,000 for “Ready For Hillary,” a super political action committee (a.k.a. Super PAC) that’s betting big on the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Another 600 donors have pledged to come up with $5,000 for the group – which is also raking in its share of small dollar contributions.

“The former secretary of state, who is months way from announcing a decision about a 2016 campaign, enjoys a massive head start in assembling a finance network compared with any other candidate, Democratic or Republican,” observed Philip Rucker and Matea Gold of The Washington Post . “The breadth and depth of support for her campaign-in-waiting could give serious pause to any Democrat weighing a primary challenge, such as Vice President (Joe) Biden or Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.”

In fact one prospective rival to Clinton – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – got an especially chilly reception from a Democratic donor.

“If Elizabeth called me up and said, ‘I am thinking of running for president,’ I would say, ‘Elizabeth, are you out of your goddamn mind?’” the donor told The (Chicago) Sun-Times .

Through June 30, “Ready for Hillary” has raised $8.2 million – including $3 million from donors who contributed less than $100.

Clinton has consistently led her possible GOP rivals in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups.  According to the latest national Quinnipiac University poll – released earlier this month – Clinton leads U.S. Sen. Rand Paul by a 49-40 percent margin, the same spread she enjoys over social conservative Mike Huckabee.  Clinton leads scandal-scarred New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by a 47-38 percent spread, and enjoys a 48-41 percent lead over both U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

FITS has been reporting on Clinton’s 2016 aspirations – and the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC – since last March.  Our readers were evenly divided on her prospective candidacy back then, with 50 percent saying the former First Lady/ U.S. Senator/ Secretary of State would never get their vote and 50 percent saying she “could win (their) vote.”