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Michelle Obama in Fredericksburg Thursday

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First lady Michelle Obama will visit Fredericksburg Thursday for a campaign stop.

The Obama campaign announced the first lady’s schedule Monday evening.

Mrs. Obama will be at the University of Mary Washington’s William Anderson Center at 5 p.m.

According to the campaign, she will talk to grass-roots supporters “about what’s at stake in this election for Virginians and encourage them to help organize their communities between now and November.”

Mrs. Obama was scheduled to make an appearance in Fredericksburg in July. That event was canceled after the movie theater shooting in Colorado.

Her visit comes among numerous campaign stops in Virginia by both campaigns.

Virginia is one of a handful of tossup swing states this year and one both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney need to take to win in November.


President Obama also visited UMW four years ago when he first ran for president. Here’s video from that visit:


Polls show the two running neck-and-neck here, and it is evident in the frequent TV ads Virginians are seeing for both candidates.

That kind of attention from candidates is still new to Virginia, which was once reliably Republican in presidential races.

Obama won Virginia in 2008–the first time a Democrat prevailed in Virginia since 1964.

Obama held a rally at UMW in the 2008 campaign, and Michelle Obama last visited the area in 2009, for a clinic opening in Caroline County.

The Michelle Obama event is open to the public, but tickets are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets can be picked up starting Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Organizing for America office at 1281 Central Park Boulevard in Fredericksburg.

The Anderson Center holds about 3,000 for community events, according to the UMW website.

Tickets from Mrs. Obama’s planned July event will not get supporters into this event. The campaign, however, said it is reaching out to those people who had tickets for the July 20 visit to try to make sure they get tickets to this one.

Chelyen Davis

Email: cdavis@freelancestar.com

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