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Gwen Graham's latest endorsement? Jimmy Buffett

In this Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett performs before some 3,500 of his fans on Duval Street in Key West. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)


Jimmy Buffett is again hitting the concert circuit, this time to host a rally for Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham.

In a statement released by Graham's campaign today, the singer/songwriter said he was endorsing Graham and performing at a "get out the vote rally" for her on Aug. 23 in South Florida.

"It’s been too long since we have had a Governor for all the people," Buffett said in a statement released by Graham's campaign. "For that reason, I am supporting my friend, Democrat Gwen Graham, for governor and I encourage ya’ll to do the same."

Graham, who has surged in the polls in the final weeks of the Democratic primary, cited Buffett's dedication to the environment.

“Jimmy isn't just a legendary musician, he is also a dedicated environmentalist who has worked with my family for years to preserve Florida's natural treasures," Graham said in a statement. "I am proud to have earned his vote on election day – come that Tuesday, it’ll be alright."

Her campaign said details of Buffett's rally would be released later.

In another state, an endorsement by Buffett probably wouldn't matter much.

But the Florida icon was one of a few big names who showed up at rallies to help Graham win her Congressional race against Republican incumbent Steve Southerland in 2014.

One of the others who hit the stump for her that year? Bill Clinton.

But Graham has been noncommittal about whether she'd welcome the former president on the campaign trail.

At the final Democratic debate earlier this month, she declined to answer a moderator's question about Clinton, who has been viewed differently in the #MeToo era.

At a later meeting with the editorial boards of South Florida's three major newspapers, she again declined to answer a question about Clinton. Pressed a second time, she said she would consider his support.