Clinton backed by U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it is endorsing Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBlues Traveler’s John Popper: I voted ‘none of these clowns’ for president Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids Hannity: I won't discuss Seth Rich story for now 'out of respect for the family' MORE for president in 2016.

“From our detailed review, one candidate stands heads and shoulders above the rest — Hillary Clinton,” Margot Dorfman, the association’s CEO, said in a statement about the Democratic presidential front-runner.

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“Secretary Clinton has markedly unique governmental experience, deep and broad policy and leadership expertise, an undeniable commitment to women’s economic priorities and a campaign infrastructure that lays foundation for a clear pathway to the White House,” she continued.

“With our first ever presidential endorsement, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is proud and committed to do all we can to pick up the torch carried by generations of leaders and elect arguably most qualified candidate to the White House,” Dorfman added. 

“The great march of women into political leadership, that began so many years ago, will secure a profound and impactful milestone.”

Dorfman said Thursday that her organization promotes increased capital and federal contract access for women and small-businesses in 2016.

It also advocates for improving workplaces for women, increasing American incomes and stabilizing healthcare costs for small businesses, she added.

The not-for-profit organization boasts over 500,000 members, making its endorsement a potentially major boon for Clinton.

Clinton also landed support from the International Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers early Thursday. The national union group — which boasts 30,000 members — is backing the former secretary of State given her policies on energy efficiency.

Clinton has earned endorsements from 16 national labor groups, the most of any Democratic presidential contender next year.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), her closest competition, has the backing of the American Postal Workers Union and National Nurses United.

Clinton leads Sanders by nearly 28 percent nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

The former first lady has made professional rights for working women a major focus of her 2016 Oval Office bid.

A coalition of 13 female Democratic senators additionally endorsed Clinton during a ceremony last Monday evening. Notably absent was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a major progressive voice who has not yet backed any candidate.