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Joe Biden to headline fundraiser for Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, in early June.

Stephen Bittel, a developer who lives in Coconut Grove, told the Miami Herald that he is hosting the fundraiser.

It''s no surprise that Biden is supporting Wasserman Schultz who is President Barack Obama's Democratic National Committee chair.

But his presence at a fundraiser for her is another sign that Wasserman Schultz is taking her Democratic primary challenger -- Tim Canova -- seriously. Canova, a Nova Southeastern University law professor, said in a fundraising email earlier this week that he is close to raising $1 million -- a huge sum for a first-time candidate who started his campaign in January.

Wasserman Schultz raised $1.8 million through March but hasn't announced what she has raised since that time.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is hosting a fundraiser for Wasserman Schultz on Monday.

The race in Congressional District 23 which spans Broward and Miami-Dade counties is expected to be one of the most expensive Democratic primaries in South Florida. 

[Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2016 8:45am]

    

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