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Wisconsin Democrats’ ‘Princess Bride’ reading raises $4.3M

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Filmmaker Rob Reiner, left, poses with actor Cary Elwes following a hand and footprint ceremony for Reiner and his father Carl at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. Reiner directed Elwes in the 1987 film "The Princess Bride." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats’ fundraiser centered on a star-packed live reading of “The Princess Bride” script raised nearly $4.3 million to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in the key battleground state, the party said Thursday.

The original cast from the beloved 1987 film reunited Sunday for the reading along with guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle of Monty Python and Josh Gad. Viewers had to donate $1 to gain access for the stream. The party said the average donation was $30. The show generated $4.26 million in total donations.

The money will go to bolster Biden’s campaign in the state, which is expected to be a pivotal battleground in November after President Donald Trump won it by just 22,000 votes in 2016.

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