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Rahm Hits Campaign Trail for President Obama

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on the campaign trail this weekend fighting for the re-election of his former boss.

    Emanuel's  spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton confirmed to NBC Chicago on Tuesday that the mayor would travel to Tampa on Saturday.

    "He will participate in the campaign's outreach efforts encouraging Floridians to vote now," she said.

    Emanuel will also visit South Florida, but no other city than Tampa has been identified.

    "Emanuel, an observant Jew who is actively involved in his own community, will also participate in the campaign's outreach efforts in the Jewish community," said Hamilton.

    The mayor is expected to return back to Chicago on Monday the 22nd.

    Florida is a major swing state in the 2012 election. It has 29 electoral votes, making it a key state in deciding who will live at The White House.
     
    Obama squeaked out a win in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote, while McCain received 48.2 percent. The margin was a little wider in 2004 on the Republican side when President George W. Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry with 52 percent of the vote to Kerry's 47 percent.