NEW YORK (WPIX) -- According to the NY Post, Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace outgoing New York junior Sen. Hillary Clinton. She informed Governor David Paterson she's withdrawing due to "personal reasons," the tabloid reported.

The stunning report comes just hours after Clinton was confirmed by the Senate as the new Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. The Senate voted 94-2, with Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina opposing.


With Kennedy now officially out of the running, the race to replace Clinton opens up to a slew of contenders which range from state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to Long Island Rep. Steve Israel.

One report even suggests United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is a possible contender.

The news comes days before Gov. David Paterson is set to announce Clinton's replacement. Stay with wpix.com for more on this developing story.