Five Reasons Warren Might Run

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she is not running for president in 2016. 

But that hasn't squashed liberals' hopes. Warren remains in second place among Democrats in most 2016 polling of early caucus and primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. A Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll released Tuesday among likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa put former secretary of State Hillary Clinton way out front with 53 percent support and Warren a distant second at 10 percent. 

But here are five scenarios that might prompt Warren to change her mind:

2.) Donors rally behind Warren. Warren has already proven herself to be a prodigious fundraiser. She raked-in $42 million during her 2012 bid to defeat incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts, according to campaign disclosure records.

"The progressive base of the Democratic Party — and its donors — are not convinced that Hillary is the answer in 2016, let alone the future of the party," said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell. "So there is a shred of daylight for Warren to make a serious run at the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, regardless of whether Hillary is in the race or not."

3.) It's now or never. At 65, Warren is only one year younger than Clinton, even though age concerns tend to be raised more often in the latter’s case.

"At 65 years of age, Warren has to be wondering out loud if there will be room for her in the Democratic presidential calculation in either 2020 or 2024," O'Connell said. 

Should Warren run for president in 2016 and win, she'd be 67 when taking office. Ronald Reagan was the oldest president to take office: he was 69 when first inaugurated in 1981. Clinton would be 69 at her inauguration should she win the White House in 2016.

Read more from Kevin Cirilli at The Hill

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