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Obama in Pioneer Square, downtown Seattle today

SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama will make a stop today in Pioneer Square to talk about adding jobs in the tough economy, then head up the hill to the Westin Hotel to talk about not subtracting Patty Murray from the state's congressional delegation.

Obama has a primary election day visit to Seattle that is expected to tie up traffic on the city streets, draw a crowd around the Grand Central Bakery at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street where he meets with local business owners, and raise money for Murray's re-election campaign at the Westin and at a private home.

Murray is one of 15 candidates on the ballot in the U.S. Senate primary, which is widely expected to come down to a general election contest between her and one of three serious Republican candidates, former state Sen. Dino Rossi, former NFL player turned Eltopia farmer Clint Didier and Bellingham businessman Paul Akers.

Ballots must be postmarked or dropped into a county elections collection box by 8 p.m. today.

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