Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.
The first official word that Clinton will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination will come via an online video posted on social media.
Then Clinton will make stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and possibly other early voting states.
The AP reported that one Democrat familiar with campaign rollout said Clinton’s stops would include visits to people’s homes in those states.
The people familiar with Clinton’s plans spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.
The former secretary of state will be making her second bid for president and will enter the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 Democratic primary, President Barack Obama. Clinton appears unlikely to face a stiff primary opponent, though a handful of lower-profile Democrats have said they are considering their own campaigns.
Should she win the nomination, Clinton would face the winner of a Republican primary season that could feature as many as two dozen candidates. Among them, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Clinton will return to politics following a two-year leave from government. If elected, the former first lady would be the nation’s first female president.
Republicans have been preparing for a second Clinton campaign since she left Obama’s administration in early 2013.
By campaigning heavily in Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton hopes to avoid making the same stumbles against Obama as she did in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, which he won in an upset. Democrats echoed hopes that she would seek personal connections this time.
Clinton sees such campaigning as a way not take for granted her formidable position in the Democratic field.
Among the Democrats who could challenge Clinton in the primary are O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and Vice President Joe Biden.
Clinton’s race is expected to cost more than the $1 billion Obama raised for his 2012 re-election and aides have said she is expected to focus heavily on online fundraising. Her campaign will be required to release its first fundraising report in July and it will be closely examined to measure the strength of her support.