[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/21/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption=" Clinton sent a message to supporters Sunday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton sent supporters what appears to be her final political e-mail Sunday, thanking them for backing her presidential bid as she now prepares for a new role in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration.
The New York Democrat is in line to become Obama’s secretary of state, one of the most powerful positions in his administration where she will serve as the top U.S. diplomat to the world. Her nomination awaits Senate confirmation.
“In our most difficult moments, it was you who kept our efforts moving forward,” Clinton wrote in the message. “In our happiest moments, you and I celebrated together. Together we walked this amazing journey one step at a time and I couldn't have done without you.”
Clinton specifically thanked supporters for backing her White House bid - an unsuccessful primary battle with Obama that lasted 17 months and garnered about 18 million votes. She closed the note telling them that she knows they will be by her side as she starts the next chapter in her life.
“And as I take the first step on the next path in our journey, I know you'll be right there with me, as always, in my heart and by my side,” Clinton wrote.
(Full message after the jump)
This is not a goodbye, because we're all embarking on a new American journey.
With our nation moving in an exciting new direction, you and I and all Americans are going to be a key part of the change that is coming. I couldn't be more hopeful about meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.
But I want to take just one moment to look back at the incredible experiences you and I shared over the last two years. From the moment we launched our historic campaign back in January 2007, I was deeply moved by the amount of support you showed me .
We spent 17 months in a hard-fought campaign making sure that every American had a chance to make their voice heard. We made history by putting 18 million cracks in the very highest glass ceiling.
And when that campaign came to an end, we kept working and fighting, putting our hearts into making history again by helping to put Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House.
I'm so proud of all we accomplished, but most of all, I'm proud to call you my friend. Your devotion to making our country and our world a better place has been a constant source of inspiration to me.
In our most difficult moments, it was you who kept our efforts moving forward. In our happiest moments, you and I celebrated together. Together we walked this amazing journey one step at a time and I couldn't have done without you.
And as I take the first step on the next path in our journey, I know you'll be right there with me, as always, in my heart and by my side.
Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America.