Effective immediately, the AP is changing its style from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Hillary Clinton.
The AP generally refers to people by the name they prefer. Until recently, the presidential candidate, former senator and secretary of state used all three names. It was how she had been known for many years. It was the name she used as an author and how she signed legal documents (“H R Clinton”) as late as this summer.
However, the campaign has branded itself from the start as Hillary Clinton. When asked, the campaign says to go with Hillary Clinton. She is filing for ballots as Hillary Clinton and signing her name that way. Therefore, AP will use Hillary Clinton. On second reference, she is Clinton.