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Michelle Obama to fund-raise for Edward Markey

Will also revisit bombing victims

Michelle Obama, who is headlining a fund-raiser Wednesday for Democratic Senate hopeful Edward J. ­Markey, will also visit with victims of the Boston Marathon bombings she met last month, according to the White House.

The president’s wife met ­patients at Boston Children’s Hospital and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital while she was in Massachusetts with her husband April 18, three days ­after the bombing.

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The White House did not provide details of the locations she will visit on Wednesday.

In addition to the lunchtime fund-raiser in Boston, Mrs. Obama will also attend two events for the Democratic ­National Committee in New York City late in the day Wednesday.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren will also attend the Boston fund-raising event, a Warren aide confirmed.

Michelle Obama rarely ­attends campaign events for US Senate candidates, so her ­appearance on the campaign trail for Markey is a sign of particularly strong support from the White House. Her visit follows news Tuesday that President Obama officially endorsed Markey. In a statement, the president called the Massachusetts congressman “a passionate and effective champion for the middle class.”

In his campaign, Markey has worked to nationalize the race on issues like gun control, where his positions are similar to those of the President.

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As the Boston Globe reported earlier this month, the fund-raiser with Michelle Obama will be at the Taj Boston hotel. While donors can give as little as $500, they can donate up to $37,600. The fund-raiser is officially supporting a joint committee that benefits both the Markey campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the arm of the national Democratic Party devoted to maintaining Democratic control of the Senate.

Markey is set to face Republican Gabriel E. Gomez, a private equity investor, on June 25.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com.
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