Jay-Z Supports Obama With Free Shows This Weekend

Rapper helps in push to register new voters before Monday's deadline in Michigan and Florida.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama already confirmed to MTV's Sway that he's a fan of hip-hop, but the love continues to go both ways. One of the senator's longtime vocal supporters, Jay-Z, has scheduled two free shows this weekend in Detroit and Miami in support of the Obama campaign.

The first, which takes place at the Cobo Arena in Detroit on Saturday, will promote voter registration and encourage attendees to get involved in the Obama campaign, according to Detroit's WWJ TV. The push is on in Michigan to register new voters by the October 6 deadline to be eligible to vote in the November 4 election. Anyone who's at least 18 years old can pick up one free ticket at Obama campaign offices throughout southeast Michigan to attend the Detroit show and an accompanying rally.

Next, Jay will promote voter registration and Obama's campaign with a show in Miami on Sunday at Bayfront Park, according to the Miami Herald. As in Michigan, Monday is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming election in Florida, which, as it has been in the past two elections, is likely to be a crucial state for both Obama and Republican rival Senator John McCain. The Herald reported that the Obama campaign has been holding a number of events around the state aimed at registering new voters. The campaign estimated that it has registered 135,000 voters in the state to date.

McCain and Obama will face off in their second debate on October 7 in Tennessee.

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