Have spent some time (college) in Springfield, Missouri, I can confirm that this is one of the reddest places in the country. It’s the home to a lot of the religious right (Assemblies of God Church) and the home of former Senator and Attorney General John Ashcroft. So, this news story on the last weekend of the campaign, in my mind, speaks more to where this election is going than any poll.
It’s typical for a presidential candidate to stop in Missouri’s third-largest city right before Election Day. But as a rule, that candidate isn’t a Democrat.
Not so Saturday night, when Democrat Barack Obama filled a high school football stadium in the heart of Missouri’s Republican territory in hopes of peeling off enough support to help edge out Republican John McCain and carry Missouri on Tuesday.
“You’re showing me something tonight. You’re showing the nation something tonight,” Obama said, amid cheers from the crowd — estimated to be at least 30,000 — at Parkview High School’s JFK Stadium.
The fact that Obama could get 30,000+ people at a rally in Springfield is amazing. Know Hope!