No change in Hillary Clinton's plans to step down
The U.S. State Department has said the election results would not change Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's plans to step down.
"You've heard her say many times that she intends to see through a transition of a successor, and then, she will go back to private life and enjoy some - some rest," The Nation quoted State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, as saying.
Nuland said the media may have 'misread' recent remarks in which Clinton suggested she might stay in the post longer.
"What she was talking about was that she would ensure that the transition to her successor happens smoothly, and I think that's still her intention," Nuland said.
The challenge of replacing Clinton is likely to prove among the most difficult facing the Obama administration as it gears up for the second term.
Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and the current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been among those mentioned as a candidate. Susan Rice, the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has also been mentioned.