President to raise money for Murray

President Barack Obama is headlining a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray on primary day next month.

Murray’s campaign said Obama is coming to Washington state Aug. 17 to talk about jobs and the economy. He’ll also appear at a fundraiser for Murray, who is running for a fourth term in the Senate.

Murray’s top challenger is Republican Dino Rossi, who twice ran unsuccessfully for governor. A handful of other candidates also are gunning for votes in the “top two” primary, which sends the two highest votegetters on to the November election.

It will be Obama’s first visit to the state as president. He stopped here while campaigning for the office in 2008.