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Michelle Obama to Make 2014 Fundraising Debut for Nunn

By Annie Linskey

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Michelle Obama makes her debut next week as a 2014 campaign fundraiser, traveling to Republican-leaning Georgia to put out a tin cup to aid Democrat Michelle Nunn’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

The battle for an open seat now held by Republicans may prove crucial in the fight for a Senate majority.

The first lady, who had a 62 percent approval rating in a Pew Research Center poll released in July, hasn’t been active on the stump this year even as some fellow Democrats have sought her help.

She jumps back into the political fray on Sept. 8, headlining an event in Atlanta raising funds for Nunn in her race against Republican David Perdue, the former chief executive officer of Dollar General Corp. The two are vying for the seat that Republican Saxby Chambliss is giving up, with the latest polls giving Nunn a slight lead.

A Nunn win would hinder the Republican push for the net gain of six seats the party needs to control the Senate.

President Barack Obama, weighed down by multiple world crises and with only a 39 percent approval rating in today’s Gallup tracking poll, won’t be accompanying his wife on the trip to Georgia. He was defeated in the state in each of his presidential races, losing it by 9 percentage points as he won re-election in 2012.

The first lady’s appearance for Nunn, which also will benefit the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, is closed to the press. Afterward, though, she’ll speak at a nearby voter registration rally that’s open to the public.

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