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Buttigieg cancels Florida events due to cold: campaign

Buttigieg cancels Florida events due to cold: campaign
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE has canceled events in Florida after falling ill with a cold, his campaign said Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that the Buttigieg campaign said the former South Bend, Ind., mayor would meet in Charleston, S.C., with the Rev. Al Sharpton as planned while canceling four events in Florida, three of which were fundraisers.

Buttigieg will also travel to Washington, D.C., and attend scheduled meetings with supporters, according to the AP.

The developments come just ahead of the South Carolina primary on Saturday and follow Buttigieg's performance at the Democratic primary debate Tuesday in Charleston. The state is a crucial test for his campaign, which is seeking to prove that he can attract support from African American voters after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, which have largely white electorates.

Buttigieg trailed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE (D) in the Nevada caucuses over the weekend, the first contest of the 2020 primary season with a sizable Latino voting population.