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First-ever national campaign to elect a woman president launched

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

For the first time since women became the largest voting block, Democratic women are organizing to elect one of their own to the White House in 2016. The unstated goal: Putting Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.

The influential women's political group Emily's List next week plans to announce their new national campaign. It comes on the heels of President Obama's reelection, driven by women who gave him 58 percent of their support. In the election, 52 percent of the voters were women.

"We are ready," said Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock in a post election review, "to put a Democratic woman in the Oval Office, and that starts with putting a woman on the Democratic ticket in 2016."

Several women are considering a bid, but only Clinton has the polling, funding and organization to make a drive for the White House. The others include New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Republicans are eyeing female governors too, though Emily's list is largely a Democratic group. The GOP is watching to see if South Carolina's Nikki Haley or New Mexico's Susana Martinez will run.

The effort, to be announced Wednesday, will be a blow to Vice President Joe Biden's bid for the top spot.

According to group, Schriock will detail the plan and announce new battleground polling.