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While in Miami, President Obama will also fundraise for Patrick Murphy

Vice President Joe Biden came to Florida twice this spring to help Patrick Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign. Now President Barack Obama will be here to help out Murphy, too.

Obama will be in Miami on Friday to help raise money for the Democratic National Committee, and during that visit, he'll also attend a separate event to fund-raise for Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign.

No further details are available about the Murphy event. first reported on the fundraiser on Tuesday.

The website also said that Obama will travel to the Treasure Coast (in Murphy's congressional district) on Friday evening for a weekend of golf.

Murphy, a two-term congressman from Jupiter, is the Democratic establishment's favored candidate for the Aug. 30 party primary. Murphy faces fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Miami labor attorney Pam Keith. (Five contenders are running in the GOP primary that same day.)

Obama and Biden endorsed Murphy in March, and since then, Biden has campaigned and fund-raised for him twice, first in Miami and then in Orlando last month.

Obama's and Biden's involvement in Florida's U.S. Senate race is a reflection of the significance the seat holds for Democrats. The seat, being vacated by Marco Rubio, is among a handful that could switch parties in November and possibly give Democrats a majority in the Senate again.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 3:01pm]


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