Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York

Democratic support for Hillary Clinton softens: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks after being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New YorkBy Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic support for Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign is softening amid controversy over her use of personal email when secretary of state, but most Democrats are for now sticking by their party’s presumed candidate. Support for Clinton’s candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll. Democratic strategist Ben LaBolt, a former spokesman for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, said that the email controversy has been a “galvanizing call for the Clinton campaign-in-waiting to build an organization,” by hiring top political communicators who can defend her record. Clinton, who ran for the White House in 2008 and lost to Obama, is expected to announce as early as April that she plans to seek the White House in 2016.

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