(KANSAS CITY, MO.) - On the heels of new polling evidence indicating that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate has led to at least a short-term gain for the Republican ticket, the Alaska governor will briefly travel on her own on Monday for the first time since being named to the ticket.
Following a McCain-Palin rally in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, McCain will head to a fundraiser in Chicago, but Palin won't be joining him. Instead, she will travel to Cincinnati on her own plane. The separation will be brief, however, as the Republicans will rejoin forces at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, Tuesday morning.
Palin was originally slated to start campaigning on her own today, but the campaign decided to keep McCain together with his newly minted star running mate for a couple days longer than planned. Since naming Palin to the ticket, McCain has been drawing some of his largest crowds of his presidential campaign, and the excitement and curiosity factor that the Alaskan brings to the table remain palpable.
Palin is expected to return to her home state during the middle of this week. Her son Track, 19, is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East with the National Guard on Thursday to train for a tour of duty in Iraq.