LOUISVILLE, KY -- With U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton facing long odds as the Democratic presidential primary season nears an end, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is coming to Churchill Downs looking for a daily double -- a little fun and a few votes for mother in the May 20 Kentucky primary, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.
But at this point, neither Hillary Clinton nor U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who holds a lead in delegates, plan to attend the Derby, their campaigns said.
The Clinton campaign confirmed yesterday that Chelsea Clinton will be at the Derby as a guest of Jerry and Charlotte Lundergan. The Lundergans are longtime friends of the Clinton family, and Jerry Lundergan is Hillary Clinton's state campaign chairman, reports the C-J.
The Clinton family already has made numerous visits to Kentucky in the last few weeks. Former President Bill Clinton has been here twice, and Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have visited the state as well.
Jamie Radice, a campaign spokeswoman, said Chelsea Clinton doesn't plan to attend any of the pre-Derby parties around town Friday, nor are there any other campaign appearances planned while she is in town. "She's coming just for Derby," Radice said.
She said Clinton will visit different parts of the track Derby Day, talking with voters and trying to convince them her mother is the best candidate. But Radice said she won't visit the infield because of security concerns, the newspaper reports.
Despite persistent rumors that one or both of the Democratic presidential candidates will attend the Derby, the campaigns say neither has plans to be in Kentucky on Saturday, just three days before the Indiana primary, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.
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