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President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser for his wife’s presidential campaign in Michigan next month, The Detroit News has learned.

The former president will headline an Oct. 7 fundraiser in Bingham Farms at the home of Doreen Hermelin. Tickets to the two-hour event cost $500, and attendees can get a photo with former President Clinton by making a $2,700 contribution. People can co-host the event by raising $10,000.

The event comes as Republican presidential candidates are spending an increasing amount of time in Michigan. Five candidates, including former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, attended a state party event on Mackinac Island earlier this month.

In July, Hillary Clinton made her first trip to Michigan since announcing she is running for president.

The former secretary of state and first lady headlined a fundraiser July 21 at the Grosse Pointe home of David Katz and Jill Alper. About 210 individuals attended the $2,700-a-ticket fundraiser.

It worked out to $567,000 in donations for Clinton’s campaign war chest.

Clinton, the front runner for the Democratic nomination, has lost ground in national polls to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist from Vermont, and Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a possible bid. And Sanders has bult a nearly 12-percentage-point lead in New Hampshire, which borders Vermont, according to a Real Clear Politics average of polls.

A Real Clear Politics average of national polls finds the former secretary of state leading with 40.8 percent, followed by Sanders at 27.6 percent and Biden at 20 percent.

dshepardson@detroitnews.com

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