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Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to formally announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate from New York to several thousand people next Sunday at the State University at Purchase not far from her new home in suburban Westchester County, aides said Saturday.

The first lady will be accompanied by President Clinton, their daughter Chelsea and the first lady's mother, Dorothy Rodham.

In addition to the announcement, the Clinton campaign has plans for 500 simultaneous house parties across the state that are expected to attract more than 24,000 supporters, her campaign said. She plans to make a telephone call to the parties after her televised announcement.

Mrs. Clinton is expected to face New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, for the Senate seat being vacated at the end of this year by Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Also Saturday, sources in the Clinton campaign confirmed a report in the New York Daily News that Hollywood producer Harry Thomason is working on a video to be shown in connection with the first lady's announcement.

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