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Clinton, Romney to campaign for gubernatorial candidates

Former President Bill Clinton is set to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley in Worcester.
Former President Bill Clinton is set to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley in Worcester.Danny Johnston/AP

Two political power players are swooping in next week to try to lift their parties’ gubernatorial nominees in Massachusetts.

Former President Bill Clinton is set to campaign for Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in Worcester next Thursday, according to four people familiar with the event and a person who is helping organize the rally.

The same day, former governor Mitt Romney will cohost a fund-raiser for Coakley’s Republican rival, Charlie Baker, in Boston, according to Baker’s campaign.

That event will be cohosted by former advertising executive Jack Connors.

Romney, whose popularity in Massachusetts dipped after he left office and ran for president on a more conservative platform, will not hold any public campaign events with Baker.

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“Charlie is humbled by the bipartisan support he has received throughout this campaign, and the upcoming event cohosted by Governor Romney and lifelong Democrat Jack Connors is a clear sign Charlie’s positive vision to create jobs is appealing to Democrats and Republicans alike,” a Baker spokesman, Tim Buckley, said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Romney will host a fund-raiser in Boston with House minority leader Bradley H. Jones for a political action committee that raises money for Republican candidates for the Massachusetts House.

Clinton, who has expressed deep affection for W0rcester, also campaigned for Coakley during her ill-fated US Senate run in 2010.

Also on Thursday, the former president will headline a New Hampshire Democratic Party dinner in Manchester.

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton also plans to campaign for Coakley before the Nov. 4 election.

The date of those appearances has not been set.

Coakley faces Baker and three independent candidates in the race to succeed Governor Deval Patrick.


Jim O’Sullivan of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.

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