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.
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.
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