(ST. LOUIS) – After leading in the polls in Missouri for most of the summer, John McCain is finding himself in a tight contest here this fall, especially after Barack Obama drew over 175,000 people at two rallies in St. Louis and Kansas City over the weekend.
President Bush won Missouri handily in 2004, but Obama's aggressive campaigning here has made this year's race much closer. McCain will try to make up ground with three events today – a morning rally in a St. Louis suburb, a stop in Columbia, and an afternoon event outside Kansas City.
Besides its 11 electoral votes, winning Missouri has another important distinction. The state has voted for the winner in every presidential election in the past 104 years, except once.