Ex-President Clinton in Baltimore today; traffic tie-ups likely

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be in Baltimore this afternoon, headlining a public rally for Gov. Martin O'Malley's re-election campaign, and city officials are warning motorists to expect congestion and parking restrictions.

The Baltimore Department of Transportation said parking restrictions will be in effect along Warren and Battery avenues between noon and 5 p.m. Department spokeswoman Kathy Chopper said no road closings are planned, but she said riders on the Charm City Circulator Purple Route, which runs along Light Street into Federal Hill, could experience some delays.

The city urged motorists to use alternate routes where possible.

Clinton is expected to speak at the rally with O'Malley, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and other Democrats on the Nov. 2 ballot. Gates open for the rally at Federal Hill Park at 3 p.m.; the O'Malley campaign said about 2,000 people are expected to attend

O'Malley faces former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, in the November election.

Clinton also stumped for O'Malley in 2006, and has appeared at rallies for other Democrats this fall. He recently attended rallies in West Virginia for Gov. Joe Manchin, who is running for the seat that opened up when Sen. Robert Byrd died, and in Kentucky for Jack Conway, who is running against Rand Paul for a Senate seat.

So far this year, Clinton has done nearly 100 events in support of 65 candidates, according to National Public Radio.

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