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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was a Democratic candidate for president during the 2008 US presidential election. In addition to being an attorney and First Lady to former President Bill Clinton during his two terms in office, she also served as a U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. Clinton's Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, became the Democratic nominee at the 2008 Democratic National Convention by a relatively small margin—Clinton had 1,640 pledged delegates to Obama's 1,763. Obama was elected president in the November 2008 election, and he soon after named Hillary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State. She served as Secretary of Suntil she was succeeded by John Kerry in 2013. In 2015, Hillary Clinton announced she would run as a Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election.