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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is trying to whip up support for five Democratic candidates in the Upper Midwest this week.
He started Monday in Illinois at a luncheon fundraiser for Tammy Duckworth (D), who is trying to win the 6th district seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.).
Tonight he is scheduled to be in Minneapolis raising money for state Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic nominee to hold the 5th district seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Martin Sabo (D-Minn.). And later he will attend a reception to bolster Patty Wetterling in her second bid for the Gopher State’s 6th district seat.
Wetterling lost to Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-Minn.) in 2004, but this time faces state Sen. Michele Bachmann (R), as Kennedy is running for Senate.
Hoyer begins the day Tuesday with a breakfast fundraiser for Tim Walz (D), who is taking on Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) in the 1st district. He wraps up Tuesday in Ohio where former state Rep. Betty Sutton (D) is favored to win the 13th district seat being vacated by Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who is running for Senate.
Hoyer has been on the stump in 67 districts this cycle, according to his AMERIPAC political action committee.