Obama in Missouri

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama is stepping into traditionally Republican territory as he
travels through Missouri.
Obama has begun his day with a town hall forum in Springfield,
where campaign spokesmen said 1,500 tickets were snapped up in
about an hour.
Not since 1964 has a Democratic candidate carried Greene County,
the home of Springfield and the largest city in southwest
Missouri's historically Republican area.
Party officials said a Springfield fundraiser for Obama on last
night raised about $250,000.
After Springfield, Obama was to travel to Rolla for another town
hall meeting, and his final scheduled stop in Missouri was in Union
for an evening barbeque.
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Republican presidential candidate John McCain visited
Springfield in June. He was scheduled to be in Kansas City tonight
for a private fundraising event.
Both candidates have come to Missouri several times since
winning the state's presidential primaries in February.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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