The Hill reported on Tuesday that three Georgia Democratic Congressmen, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott, along with 36 of their House colleagues, already endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
Clinton has yet to announce her candidacy in the race, but it is almost certain that she will run.
Last Thursday, a major Democratic Super PAC, Priorities USA, officially announced its support for Clinton. Priorities USA helped President Barack Obama defeat Clinton in 2008. Last week, the Super PAC began fundraising to support the Clinton campaign.
Clinton is probably rather cautious about the early support from so many Washington Democrats – 57 in the Senate and the House combined. In 2007, the former First Lady was considered a shoe-in as the Democratic candidate in the 2008 cycle and had just about every Democrat's support. Yet many in her party started switching their support to then-Senator Barack Obama as the primary neared. Georgia's Rep. Hank Johnson supported Obama in 2008.
Possible Clinton challengers in the primary might include:
Vice President Joe Biden – he hasn't officially declared, but since former Obama allies are already lining up behind Clinton, it's unlikely that Biden would give it yet another try (a third try);
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) – the liberal politician has said time and time again that she will not run and has done nothing to suggest otherwise, however she has a strong support of the Occupy Wall Street movement and young Democrats who will most likely force her to keep repeating herself;
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – a centrist Democrat who is a valid contender, he will most likely wait the 2016 election out since all of New York's big money will go to Clinton;
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley - a liberal Democrat, he has been active in getting his name out there on national television and in Washington, but if he declares, it would most likely be just about introducing himself;
California Governor Jerry Brown – a popular politician, he deserves a mention after running three times. But just last week Brown, at 78, said that presidency is "not in the cards. Unfortunately."
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) - a self-described democratic-socialist might actually run, but he is an independent so not a threat in the democratic primary (not a threat of any sort, actually);
Naturally, three years ahead of the Election Day no one knows who else will run, and there certainly is enough time for a star to emerge. For now, the nomination seems to be in Clinton's pocket.
Click here for The Hill's list of Democratic lawmakers who have already endorsed Clinton.