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Babs goes back into the studio -- for Shalala

This has been there for a couple days, but we'd be remiss if we didn't get to it before election day: Barbra Streisand has cut a robocall for Donna Shalala.

Streisand, a long-time friend of the former University of Miami president, is helping Shalala campaign for the Democratic nomination in Florida's 27th congressional district by courting voters over the phone. This week, voters in Miami began receiving recorded calls from the pop culture icon imploring them to vote Shalala.

"Hi, this is Barbra Streisand. I'm calling you to ask for your help in electing Donna Shalala to Congress," Streisand says. "I've known Donna for years. She's a person of great integrity. She's spent her entire life fighting for progressive values. And she is a strong voice for the rights and empowerment of women."

Shalala is competing with former Miami Herald reporter Matt Haggman, state Rep. David Richardson, Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Michael Hepburn in the Democratic primary to replace the retiring Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Election day is Tuesday.