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Hillary Clinton headlines Kentucky Democratic Party Fundraiser

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to be the headliner Friday for a Kentucky Democratic Party fundraiser that is expected to raise more than $100,000 -- perhaps substantially more -- to bolster the campaigns of state-level candidates.

The appearance also benefits Clinton by allowing her to make another appeal to Kentucky voters before the May 20 Democratic presidential primary and by giving her face time with uncommitted Democratic superdelegates, elected officials and party activists who could play a major role in selecting the Democratic nominee because they can back any candidate they wish.

Three of Kentucky's superdelegates, Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairwoman Jennifer Moore, and Democratic Vice Chairman Nathan Smith, haven't yet endorsed a candidate. Two others, U.S. Reps. John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler already have committed to Barack Obama.

Although Obama doesn't plan to attend the Louisville fundraiser, his campaign issued a statement Friday saying he will campaign in Kentucky early next week. It will be his first stop since August in Kentucky, a state he has already predicted he will lose.

The nominees for president usually are decided by the time Kentucky voters go to the polls in the state's late primary. The Clinton campaign hopes a win in Kentucky will help convince superdelegates that she is the strongest candidate to face presumed GOP nominee John McCain.

With little chance of catching Obama in the popular vote or among pledged delegates, Clinton and her strategists have pinned their hopes on superdelegates. A victory in Kentucky could help make the argument that she would be the party's best choice, said Jonathan Hurst, the Clinton campaign's state director.

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