The time is nearing for Hillary Clinton to decide whether or not she's running for president, with supporters saying that if she doesn't say "no" soon, that means her name will be on the ballot.
"If she is not going to do it, she can't let it drag on after Jan. 15," a Democratic strategist close to Clinton told CNN
. "If she hasn't said something after that date, people should assume she is running."
Clinton's supporters have been pointing to Jan. 15 as a symbolic deadline for her to make her announcement, and she has used the first of the year as a time frame, commenting during a September appearance in Mexico City that she was "going to be making a decision around — probably after — the first of the year."
But some near Clinton, including the unnamed strategist who commented to CNN, say time is running out for her to make her announcement about 2016, as she will put her party in a tough place if she waits much longer to decide.
Aside from Clinton, the remaining potential Democratic candidates are polling very low. Most polls put the former secretary of state and New York senator far in front of other candidates, including potential Republican candidates.
According to the most recent CNN/ORC poll
, potential Democratic contenders like former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President Joe Biden are barely posting numbers. Warren came in closest to Clinton, with 9 percent support, Biden in third with 8 percent, and Webb with just 1 percent.
Meanwhile, Clinton nabbed 66 percent of the respondents' support.
Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who proved the frontrunner among Republicans in the poll, came in behind Clinton, as she took 54 percent of the voters, compared to 41 percent for him.
But she's remained mum about her plans, even continuing to accept lucrative speaking engagements
and leaving political analysts to examine her speaking schedule to try to determine when she plans to make an announcement.
Former Clinton White House political director Craig Smith, an adviser to the Ready for Hillary political action committee, said opinions are mixed about when Clinton should make her announcement, and that he has given up on speculating.
"There’s the get in early crowd, the get in late crowd. All I know is I’ve got to keep going until the day she decides,” Smith said.
And groups pushing for her to run say they will keep working into the new year on her behalf, reports CNN. Ready for Hillary plans to close its PAC after she announces her intentions, but has planned events well into March.
Two other groups plan to further efforts in the opening months of 2015, including Correct the Record, which does communications and research, and Priorities USA, a fundraising and ad buying group.
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