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Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stumps for Biden in Tampa Bay

He spoke with veterans and later hosted an LGBTQ+ event.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The race to the White House continued Wednesday through Florida, with former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visiting Tampa Bay.

Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor, hosted two events for presidential nominee Joe Biden.

He's first met with veterans in Tampa and later attended a 5:30 p.m. "Pride at the Polls" event in St. Petersburg. Both were meant to shore up support for the Democratic ticket, especially Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris.

Buttigieg, an Afghan War veteran and the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate, dropped out of the race earlier this year after defying expectations against a better-known field of candidates.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump Jr. vouched for his father at several events Wednesday along Florida's east coast.

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