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Hillary Clinton endorses Donna Shalala

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Hillary Clinton made an unsurprising endorsement in the Democratic primary to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, saying former Clinton Foundation director Donna Shalala would make an excellent Congresswoman if elected. 

"I know she will be an excellent Congresswoman from Florida," Clinton told an audience of women in New York on Monday. 

It's not clear if Clinton would hop on the campaign trail for the former Health and Human Services Secretary and University of Miami President, who faces a competitive primary for the Democratic nomination. 

Shalala faces former Knight Foundation director Matt Haggman, Miami Beach commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, former University of Miami academic advisor Michael Hepburn and former state Rep. David Richardson in the Democratic primary. Ros-Lehtinen's Miami-based district voted for Clinton over Donald Trump by 19 percentage points in the 2016 election, the most Democratic-leaning result of any congressional district currently held by the GOP. 

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