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Bill Clinton, Usher to raise money for Michelle Nunn

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Former President Bill Clinton has been a popular party surrogate for Democratic candidates this year in Republican-leaning states such as Arkansas and Kentucky — and, now, Georgia.

On Sept. 13, Clinton will join the recording artist Usher at his Atlanta-area home to raise money for Michelle Nunn, the Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia and one of Democrats' top Senate recruits for the midterm election cycle, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While President Obama's low approval ratings have prevented him from campaigning for Democrats in competitive contests, especially those in red states, Clinton, a former Arkansas governor, has been welcomed to headline fundraisers and public events.

Clinton has so far lent his star power to campaigns for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Clinton worked with Nunn's father, Sam Nunn, when he served in the Senate during Clinton's presidency. The relationship has had its rough patches: In 1998, Sam Nunn called on Clinton to resign during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and in 2008 Sam Nunn endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for president.

Michelle Nunn, former CEO of the nonprofit organization Points of Light, is challenging Republican David Perdue for Georgia's open Senate seat. Recent polling suggests the race is competitive, but Perdue is the odds-on favorite in the match-up.

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Rebecca Berg

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The Washington Examiner

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