(CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to the fundraising circuit Wednesday after a weeklong hiatus to raise campaign cash in Michigan – the birth place of his all but certain GOP rival, Mitt Romney.
The president is expected to attend two events in the Detroit area Wednesday evening, according to an Obama campaign official. The first will be held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where 600 people, who have each paid at least $250, will be on hand.
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The Ford Museum has played host to national politicians in the past. Most notably, it was where Romney announced his first bid for president in 2008. The former Massachusetts governor was born and raised in Michigan and his father served as governor there.
A more intimate reception will follow at a private residence in Bingham Farms, Michigan, where 47 people – each of whom paid $10,000 – are expected to attend, according to the campaign official. All told, the president is likely to rake in close to $1 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
A swing state in recent presidential elections, Michigan appears to be a relatively safe bet for the president come next fall, buoyed by his support of the $80 billion government bailout of the auto industry three years ago. Still, a recent analysis by the Detroit Free Press showed Romney edging the president in fundraising from Michigan donors thus far, a signal that the Romney campaign is well-organized to contend there. And the most recent polling of Michigan voters indicates Obama holding only a narrow advantage over Romney.
Meanwhile, the White House has long counted the president's support of the auto industry among his signature domestic achievements, arguing the alternative would have led to more than a million job losses, the evaporation of iconic American companies, and the final nail in the coffin for Detroit's reeling economy.
Romney opposed the bailout, saying a structured bankruptcy could have achieved the same result without the massive cost to the U.S. government. Moreover, he has argued the Obama administration made too many concessions to auto unions as part of the bailout.
Now Obama is hoping Romney's opposition to the bailout sews up not only Michigan, but neighboring rust-belt states Ohio and Pennsylvania where many manufacturing jobs rise and fall on the health of the big three auto makers.
It's a point Obama will no doubt make to his supporters come Wednesday night as he is conveniently surrounded by some of the auto industry's most historic museum artifacts.
"Change is the decision to rescue the American auto industry from collapse," he told auto workers in Washington earlier this year. "You remember there were a lot of people who didn't believe in that."
Wednesday's fundraisers come on the heels of the Obama campaign's announcement that it raised $53 million last month, $8 million more than it took in February.