Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun house hunting in New York.
With daughter Chelsea in tow, the first lady looked at potential nesting places in New York City "and some in the environs" on Monday, according to Marsha Berry, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton.
The first lady's expected run for the U.S. Senate from New York has prompted her to seek a suitable home in the state.
There has been avalanche of public and private speculation about where the first family might wind up, but the only home the Clintons are actually known to have expressed interest in is a house in North Salem, a semi-rural community in wealthy Westchester County.
The Clintons have seen videotape of the North Salem property, but it's not known if the house was visited by Mrs. Clinton on Monday.
The first lady and President Clinton have said they plan to settle in New York after their stint in the White House is over, whether she runs for the Senate or not.
The Clintons were in New York City on Monday to raise money for the national party.
Word of Mrs. Clinton's house hunting came on the same day a statewide poll reported that New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, with strong support in the politically-crucial suburbs, is leading Mrs. Clinton in a possible matchup for next year's U.S. Senate race.
The Zogby International poll, released Monday, had Republican Giuliani the choice of 50 percent of likely voters surveyed to 40 percent for the first lady. A May poll from Zogby had Giuliani at 49 percent and Mrs. Clinton at 44 percent.
Both are eyeing the Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
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