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Top Obama ally touts Janet Napolitano, Texas abortion defender Wendy Davis, for president

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Emily's List, the nation's most influential pro-choice political action committee and key Obama backer, is pushing Hillary Clinton and several other women, notably outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Wendy Davis, who fought to preserve abortion in Texas, as top 2016 Democratic presidential candidates.

The group, which recently unveiled a new campaign to put a woman in the White House in the next election, this week produced a "women we're watching" list that also includes five female senators, including Missouri's Claire McCaskill, Obamacare czar Kathleen Sebelius and Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual person elected to the Congress.

Davis made headlines when she filibustered a ban on late term abortion. The law, however, was finally approved last week.

"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."

Clinton is the favored potential presidential candidate by a wide margin in every poll, but Emily's List produced a new poll that found the nation ready to elect any "qualified" woman as president.

"Our polling of battleground state voters proves that America is ready for women's leadership," said Schriock. "Let's make sure we've seen the last season of presidential speculation that doesn't include the women who have answered to governor, senator, secretary - and are ready for a new title.

The poll found that 90 percent of voters in key battleground states would consider voting for a woman presidential candidate. What's more, 86 percent believe America is ready to elect a woman president, and 72 percent believe it's likely the next president will be a woman.

The Emily's List of women to watch:

Hillary Clinton.

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Pennsylvania Attorney Gen. Kathleen Kane.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.