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“I’m sure she’s coming here to lay the groundwork in case Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota MORE doesn’t run,” Iowa RNC committeeman Steve Scheffler told the paper. "If she doesn’t run, [Klobuchar] wants to have a shot at it."

Klobuchar has been long rumored as a potential presidential candidate, named by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female president. But early polling suggests her 2016 candidacy would remain a long shot if Clinton, or, to a lesser extent, Vice President Biden opts to seek the party's nomination.