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Five names top the Clinton list for agriculture secretary

Five names are at the top of an evolving list that the Clinton camp is mulling for U.S. agriculture secretary, according to sources close to the transition.

The list includes Karen Ross, the current agriculture secretary of California; Blanche Lincoln, former senator from Arkansas; Kathleen Merrigan, former deputy secretary of agriculture; John Hickenlooper, the current governor of Colorado; and Steven Beshear, the former governor of Kentucky.

People who have been briefed on the transition team’s deliberation cautioned that the list of candidates most seriously under consideration remains fluid two and a half weeks out from the election.

If Clinton wins the presidency, the dynamics for selecting the nominee for agriculture secretary are also likely to change significantly based on the makeup of more sought-after cabinet nominations, since Clinton has pledged that half of her cabinet would be women.

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