(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to return to Florida on Monday on an official visit to address college costs but will also continue the Obama reelection effort's push in the Sunshine State by holding two fundraisers in Tallahassee.
One of the fundraisers is at the home of Donald Hinkle, a Florida attorney who donated to the Obama campaign in 2008 and has poured cash into other Democratic campaigns and organizations around the country, according to campaign finance filings. A Democratic official told CNN of the fundraisers on the condition of anonymity.
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Tickets start at $5,000 per person, the official said, and 20 attendees are expected.
The official said a second fundraiser at the Challenger Center is expected to bring in 200 people at $100 per person.
Florida is one of the most coveted of swing states: it is the state which narrowly decided the 2000 election for then-Gov. George Bush of Texas and helped his reelection in 2004, but went for then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in 2008 by a margin of 236,000 votes.
Obama faces a tight battle to win the state in November, according to polls released before the GOP primary there in January. His job approval stood at 46%, and disapproval at 49% in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 survey released Jan. 29. Polls of registered voters showed a neck-and-neck race between the president and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, but his lead widened when he was matched with others in the Republican field.
President Obama announced tourism policy changes at a high profile Disney World event in mid-January. The reelection campaign has also dispatched surrogates to aide the President's effort in this key state, including first lady Michelle Obama, who held DNC campaign events in Palm Beach and Sarasota last month.
The Republican National Committee responded to the Vice President's travel plans in a statement to CNN on Monday.
"The president and his team are traveling around the country raising money for their reelection because they know they are going to need it," RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said. "After three years of failed economic policies and an unemployment rate near 10% in Florida, voters in the Sunshine State and other battleground states have had enough of the president’s rhetoric – they want results."
Biden will speak on college affordability at a visit to Florida State University on Monday morning. He addressed the topic in a December visit to Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida.
– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.