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NEW YORK (AP) President Barack Obama introduced fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) as the "next mayor of New York City."

Obama made the introduction at a fundraiser in Manhattan on Tuesday night, a day after the mayoral candidate received the president's endorsement. Obama also introduced de Blasio's son, Dante, who joined his father. Officials say about 250 people paid between $5,000 and $32,400 to attend the event.

Obama is the latest national Democrat to endorse de Blasio after he became the party's nominee.

In the past week, the public advocate was backed by former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and both of New York's senators.

De Blasio will face Republican nominee Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) and independents in the Nov. 5 election.