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Buttigieg sells out fundraiser at the Abbey

Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Glezman
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and husband, Chasten, acknowledge supporters after speaking at a campaign event.
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Pete Buttigieg drew a sold-out crowd to a fundraiser at an iconic West Hollywood gay bar Thursday, providing an intimate moment with the first Democratic White House contender who is a member of the LGBTQ community.

Abbey patrons each paid about $25 to attend the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s “grass-roots” event. Buttigieg was introduced by his husband, Chasten.

It’s just one of a crush of fundraisers he has in the coming days, with actress Gwyneth Paltrow holding a high-dollar fundraiser later Thursday.

Buttigieg told the audience to ignore skeptics who say change is impossible: “Tell them you saw ... a top tier presidential candidate on his way to the White House moments after his husband introduced him.”

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