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Obama To Return To Springfield For Saturday Rally

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama plans to visit Springfield again, just three days before the historic election. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
Although his campaign has yet to officially announce details of the visit, local leaders within the Greene County Central Democratic Party say Obama will hold a rally in Springfield Saturday night. Matthew Patterson is the group’s executive director.

Patterson says the Obama campaign is looking for a location that will hold a large crowd and that meets security requirements.

Obama visited Springfield several months ago, speaking to a crowd of nearly 2,000 people at Glendale High School. Before that, his rival, Senator John McCain held a town hall meeting of around 500 supporters on the campus of Missouri State University.

Most recently, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin drew a crowd of over 10,000 at a rally outside Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield.

Patterson says Obama’s upcoming visit clearly indicates that southwest Missouri is an important factor in which way the state goes on Election Day.

According to the latest polls, the race is as close in the Show-Me State as it is anywhere.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennfier Moore.