President Obama will nominate veteran senator and 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry for Secretary of State, officials said Friday.

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would replace Hillary Rodham Clinton if confirmed by his fellow senators.

Two senior administration officials confirmed the nomination on the condition they not be named, noting that Obama will make a formal announcement later Friday.

Kerry’s path to the nomination cleared last week when another candidate — United Nations ambassador Susan Rice — announced she would not pursue the Secretary of State post.

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