Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's heading to Ohio next week to lend a helping hand to a fellow Democrat.
Biden will campaign and headline a fundraiser in Cleveland for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the party's Senate nominee in Ohio, according to the Fisher campaign.
"We're excited to have Vice President Biden's support and to be able to work with him to create good-paying jobs in Ohio and rebuild our middle class," says Fisher in a campaign email release.
Fisher will face off in the general election against former Rep. and Bush administration budget director Rob Portman, the GOP nominee. Recent surveys suggest the contest is extremely close. Both are vying to succeed Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who is not running for re-election.
The Portman campaign is using the Biden visit to criticize Fisher.
"Instead of taking the opportunity to tell Vice President Biden that Ohio can't afford any more of Washington's job-killing policies, Lt. Gov. Fisher is proving to Ohioans that he will be a rubberstamp for the status quo that hurts working families and small business owners," says Portman press secretary Jessica R. Towhey.
Fisher survived a tough primary contest against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Fisher beat Brunner by 11 points, but had to spend a good amount of his campaign cash in the primaries.
Biden's become the go-to guy for the administration to help out Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections. On Monday, the vice president was in Chicago, serving as the main attraction at fundraisers for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate nominee in Illinois, and Dan Seals, the Democratic nominee for the House seat in Illinois 10th congressional district.
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