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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has taken a major step toward announcing a presidential bid, saying she is launching an exploratory committee for a White House run.

The 52-year-old New York Democrat said Tuesday on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: “It’s an important first step and it’s one I am taking because I am going to run.”

Gillibrand joins what is expected to be a crowded primary field for the Democratic nomination that could include more than a dozen candidates. Already, Gillibrand has plans to travel to the leadoff caucus state of Iowa later this week.

She also has more than $10.5 million left over from her 2018 reelection campaign that she can use toward a presidential run.

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press

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