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The Democratic nominee for a Senate seat from New Mexico, Rep. Martin Heinrich, is leading the effort. Mr. Heinrich says that formally supporting the immigration proposal would provide voters with a clear choice on an issue that many care deeply about.

Democratic candidate Shelley Berkley in Nevada says she supports the effort to get the Dream Act into the Democratic Party platform. A spokesman for Senate candidate Richard Carmona in Arizona says he does as well.

It’s unclear whether the Democrats’ platform committee will support the effort.

PENNSYLVANIA

First lady stumps through pivotal Keystone State

PHILADELPHIA — Michelle Obama is exhorting grass-roots supporters to keep working hard for her husband’s re-election

The first lady rallied hundreds of people Thursday at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the first of three stops in the state. She says President Obama has fought to keep the American dream alive for the middle class.

She later plans to attend campaign events in suburban Fort Washington and farther north in Bethlehem.

Pennsylvania voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. The state, however, has a strict new voter identification law that critics say will disenfranchise likely Democratic supporters in November.

The law is being challenged in state court.

ILLINOIS

Jackson aide expects boss to return within weeks

CHICAGO — An aide to Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. says the Illinois Democrat is expected back from medical leave within weeks.

Spokesman Rick Bryant said Thursday he recently spoke with Mr. Jackson and the congressman seemed upbeat and “like his old self.” He says Mr. Jackson wanted him to call mayors to get updates on projects in his district that stretches south of Chicago.

Mr. Jackson has been on medical leave for two months. He’s being treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.

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