Hillary Clinton announces she’ll visit Portland middle school on Friday

Former U.S. senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that she will visit King Middle School in Portland on Friday as part of her quest to be the Democratic nominee for president for the 2016 election.

The Clinton campaign said in a press release on Monday that the trip to Maine is meant to encourage the formation of a grassroots organization to bring Clinton as many votes as possible.

“During the event, Clinton will continue outlining her vision for a stronger, more prosperous, more inclusive America where if you work hard and do your part, you can get ahead,” reads the press release.

Clinton’s visit this year marks the latest in a string of recent presidential campaign visits to Maine, including Republicans Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina earlier this month. In early July, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is vying against Clinton for the party’s nomination, packed several thousand people into the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

Clinton, who visited Maine last year to support then-Congressman Mike Michaud’s bid for governor, has been considered the front-runner for the nomination since last year. According to an average of polling data compiled by RealClearPolitics.com, Clinton is still more than 20 points in the lead.

The event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday at King Middle School at 92 Deering Avenue in Portland.

Christopher Cousins

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Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.