Hillary Clinton is planning a March 22 visit to the Seattle area before the Democratic caucuses later that week.

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Hillary Clinton is planning a political fundraising visit to the Seattle area before this month’s Democratic caucuses.

The fundraiser, to be held at an as-yet undisclosed location in Medina, is set for March 22 — four days before the March 26 caucuses.

No public events have been announced, though they could be added in coming weeks, said Clinton campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Formas.

Clinton attended a private fundraiser in Seattle last year but has yet to campaign publicly in Washington since announcing her bid for the presidency. Her upcoming visit could be part of a bustling local political week, coming a day after Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to headline a Seattle fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election effort.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, has not announced plans for a caucus-week visit. But campaign spokesman Johnny Misheff said he expects Sanders will be here, too.

The caucus results will determine which candidate wins the bulk of the state’s 118 delegates to this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where the party will formally nominate its candidate for president.

Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns have lately beefed up their presences in Washington, opening organizing offices and sending in paid staffers.

Clinton also is getting celebrity fundraising help this week, with two Thursday fundraisers headlined by former figure skater and Olympic medal winner Michelle Kwan.

Kwan, who joined the Clinton campaign last year, will attend a 4 p.m. event at a downtown Seattle high-rise apartment tower, aimed at the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, according to an invitation. Tickets cost $25 for students on up to $250 for hosts.

The price tag will be higher — at least $250 and up to $2,700 — for a Thursday evening event whose co-hosts include former Gov. Gary Locke, former Seattle Center director Virginia Anderson and former Seattle City Councilmember Martha Choe.

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