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'SNL's' new Hillary Clinton is Kate McKinnon

'SNL's' new Hillary Clinton is Kate McKinnon

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For months, one question has lingered over the prospective presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and that is: Who will play her on "Saturday Night Live"?

Impersonations of the former first lady and secretary of state have been a staple of the show for more than two decades, with some of comedy's best donning blonde wigs and misfitting blazers in service of our political giggles. Amy Poehler was Clinton's most recent avatar.

Now, "SNL" has signaled that Kate McKinnon - a 31-year-old cast member most recently lauded for her impersonation of Justin Bieber — will fill that well-worn pantsuit. Many "SNL" observers had expected Vanessa Bayer would be tapped for the role.

But McKinnon debuted in the role this past Saturday, in an episode-opening skit that was "SNL's" first major Clinton riff of the 2016 cycle, portraying a frontrunner smugly confident this whole private-email controversy will blow over.

"Nice try," she says. "Those emails are clean as a whistle. This is not how Hillary Clinton goes down."

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