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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Former President Bill Clinton stumps for his wife's presidential campaign at the Montgomery County Democratic Party's annual Frolic for Funds dinner in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night.

In the first of several high profile political visits to the Miami Valley prior to next Tuesday's Ohio presidential primary, the Montgomery County Democratic Party welcomed former president Bill Clinton to speak at the start of its annual Frolic for Funds dinner at the Dayton Convention Center on Wednesday night. This event was the last of three appearances Clinton made in the state throughout the day in support of his wife's current Democratic presidential campaign that is running in a competitive race against that of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. Mayor Nan Whaley provided brief remarks to the overflow crowd prior to introducing the meal's guest speaker.

During this first trip back to southwest Ohio since participating in activities commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian civil war in 1995, Clinton made a 40-plus minute appeal to the gathering of local, regional and state-wide officials to support Hillary Clinton against her current primary rival and potential Republican opponents in the fall general election. Touching upon the economy, energy, jobs and other topics important to Democratic voters, the former president endorsed the positions held by his spouse of over 40 years to be the best ways to tackle these issues. "I ask you to support her," in concluding his remarks, "because if Ohio supports her and gives her a victory in a week, she will be nominated and I believe she will be the next president."

Mayor Nan Whaley introduces former president Bill Clinton at the Montgomery County Democratic Party's annual Frolic for Funds dinner in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night.

According to recent polling data, Hillary Clinton enjoys between a 9- to 30-point advantage for next week's Democratic match-up but those samples were collected prior to Sander's upset victory last night in neighboring Michigan, a state with labor-related issues and demographics that closely resemble those of Ohio. In already announced appearances, both Clinton and Sanders will attend two joint events in the Columbus area on Sunday evening in last-minute appeals to voters prior to the Tuesday primary election. Not to be overlooked, Republican rivals John Kasich and Donald Trump also have campaign stops in the Dayton area on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, respectively.

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