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Hastings' campaign to stump for Klein at black churches

Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings has his own race in November in a Broward-Palm Beach district but his campaign will lend to a hand to a neighboring Congressman starting this weekend.

Campaign workers for Hastings, who is black, will distribute U.S. Rep. Ron Klein's campaign materials at black churches in Palm Beach County starting this weekend and continue for the next several weekends, said Art Kennedy, Hastings' chief of staff on leave from that job to work on Hastings' campaign. Kennedy said that Hastings' campaign workers will also go door to door in some Palm Beach County neighborhoods for Klein.

Klein faces Allen West, a black Republican whose $4 million warchest and youtube video have brought him nationwide attention.

Only about 5 percent of the voters in Klein's Broward-Palm Beach district are black -- so having Hastings stump for the white Congressman is a sign that this could be a close race.

"Every vote is going to count,'' Kennedy said.