(Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET with DCCC fundraising estimate)
Washington (CNN) - A bitter House battle in South Florida is attracting some top surrogates, with both President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader John Boehner jumping into the action Monday.
The president headlines a reception and dinner fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and for Democrat's Florida Victor Fund.
The events are scheduled to be held in the Miami home of former pro-basketball star Alonzo Mourning. Some of the money raised at the events will go to Rep. Ron Klein, the two-term Democrat who represents Florida's 22nd congressional district.
Klein, who will attend the fundraiser with Obama, is facing a difficult re-election this year against Republican nominee Allen West, who Klein beat by ten points in 2008. West, a retired Army Colonel who has spent five million dollars on his bid this time around, enjoys support by many in the Tea Party movement and his provocative speeches and statements have gone viral on the internet.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said they expect $1 million to be raised at the event from the 100 people slated to attend the reception and 160 people expected at the dinner.
The Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, two of top non-partisan political handicappers, both rate the race as competitive but leaning towards the Democrat.
Monday morning Boehner, the top House Republican, teams up with West at a breakfast and meet and greet in suburban West Palm Beach. Boehner would become the next House Speaker if the Republicans win back control of the chamber.
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