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Bill Clinton returns to Southern Oregon Tuesday

Former President Bill Clinton will make a swing Tuesday through Southern Oregon in support of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, with stops in Roseburg, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls.

Julie Edwards, spokeswoman for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Oregon, said the locations of the events hadn't been determined. Check online at www.mailtribune.com for updates on the former president's schedule.

The Roseburg appearance will be at 9 a.m., Grants Pass will be at 11:30 a.m. and Klamath Falls at 2:45 p.m.

This is the last leg of Bill Clinton's campaign three-day visit to 13 communities in Oregon. The last time the former president came to Oregon he stopped in seven communities, including at North Medford High School on March 30.

Clinton closed a speech Sundya to about 125 labor union members in portland with what sounded like a plea for continued faith in his wife, even as more superdelegates move to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's column, potentially tipping the race his way.

"She has been declared dead more times than a cat has lives," he said. "But you don't want the person in the Oval Office to quit on you when the going gets tough."

Hillary Clinton held a rally last Thursday at the Expo Center in Central Point and also appeared at a fund-raiser in Ashland.

Obama has made three campaign swings through Oregon, including holding a town hall in Medford on March 22.

Oregon, which will vote on May 20, will be one of the last big primaries in the primary battle between the New York senator Clinton and Obama.

In a recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, Obama has a 12-point lead over Clinton in Oregon, with 51 percent of the votes compared to Clinton's 39 percent.

"We know it's a long shot," said Edwards. "We know he's ahead, but Hillary Clinton's going to fight for every vote in every state."

With just eight days left before the primary ends in Oregon, Edwards said she still couldn't rule out a potential return trip to this state by the Clintons.

As President Clinton has toured the state, he has told Oregonians that Clinton stands the best chance of beating Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain in the fall.

Clinton, however, conceded Sunday that Democrats must unify in order to beat McCain and take the White House, regardless of whether Obama or Hillary Clinton wins the nomination.

"Whatever happens, we're all going to be united in the fall, because we need to be to take this country back," Clinton told an audience in Pendleton.

Clinton has made campaign stops in Portland and in rural areas throughout Oregon. Today, he will be appearing in Astoria, Tillamook, Newport, Corvallis and Eugene.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.