Clinton plans to campaign with Gillum in Florida

Clinton plans to campaign with Gillum in Florida
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much GOP challenger seizes on outrage against Massie Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on MORE is expected to campaign next month alongside Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, sources told The Hill on Wednesday.

The sources say Clinton's and Gillum's teams are still ironing out the details, but they expect Clinton will appear at at least one public event with the Tallahassee mayor — and assist his campaign in other ways. 

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The commitment indicates Clinton is still considered a valuable asset even in states where she lost during her 2016 bid for the presidency. Allies say it proves she is also a draw even with progressive candidates like Gillum, who endorsed Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and was on an early list of potential running mates. 

"She's trying to be helpful in any way she can," said one longtime Clinton ally. "I think this is proof of those efforts. She's doing everything she can to help Democrats in winning." 

The Hill has reached out to Gillum's campaign for comment.

Polls have consistently shown Gillum leading former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida gov says if White House recommended stay-at-home order it would 'carry a lot of weight' America's governors should fix unemployment insurance Snowbirds in limbo as coronavirus upends travel plans MORE (R) in the race to replace Gov. Rick Scott (R). DeSantis, a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE, stepped down from Congress earlier this month to focus on the campaign.

Clinton is set to have a dizzying schedule in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections in November.

In October, she will be headlining a fundraiser for Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website Democratic senators press Google over privacy of coronavirus screening site Menendez calls for 'Marie Yovanovitch bill' to protect foreign service employees MORE (D-N.J.), and sources say she is also expected to appear alongside Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE for a dinner in Chicago. 

"She's an incredibly powerful force still in Democratic politics," said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona. "I believe she will campaign for key candidates as there are many places she will be a huge draw." 

In recent days, Clinton appeared at a fundraiser for Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill Death penalty abolished in Colorado Colorado governor labels Trump 'socialist' over 'corporate bailouts' during coronavirus MORE (D), who is running for governor of Colorado. She also appeared at a DNC dinner with Perez in San Francisco as well as a fundraiser with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Trump, telecom executives talk coronavirus response | Pelosi pushes funding for mail-in voting | New York AG wants probe into firing of Amazon worker | Marriott hit by another massive breach MORE (D-Calif.).

"There was incredible enthusiasm in the crowd," said Katie Merrill, who helps run the super PAC Fight Back California and was in the crowd in San Francisco. "She's incredibly effective and is a powerful force here for Democrats and mobilizing Democrats. 

"After she spoke at the event, I heard people say how refreshing it is to hear her optimism about what we can do with a Democratic Congress and that was representative of how Democrats feel about her in California."