5 things to know about presidential state of play

5 things to know about presidential state of play

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Former US Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton waves as she leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 8, 2014, after meeting the French President. Clinton is on a tour to promote her memoirs entitled "Hard Choices."

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still early, but there are some things to know about the evolving 2016 presidential contest.

For one, there's the notion that nothing can stop Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But flash back to her 2008 run.

In a 2006 poll, she topped her nearest potential rival by 2-to-1. That was noncandidate Al Gore.

When the poll asked who should be president, this guy from Chicago named Obama scored 1 percent.

A year later, pundits judged her the winner of debates. She had the broadest coalition. She was racking up endorsements.

Then came a shocking third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses — and an epic, bruising — losing — struggle.

This time, until she decides what she's doing, the Democratic contest is sitting on cinder blocks like a race car without wheels.

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