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Campaigning for President Bush in Southwest Missouri

One of Missouri's delegates to the Republican National Convention in New York CIty is in charge of making sure Southwest Missouri Republican get out and vote in November. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with Darrell Proctor about his plans to rally the supporters after the convention and she spoke with some of the delegates who will be helping him once they return to the Ozarks.

DARRELL PROCTOR CAME TO NEW YORK CITY FROM SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI TO HELP CHOOSE PRESIDENT BUSH AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.

PROCTOR SAYS WHEN HE RETURNS HOME TO SOUTHWEST MISSOURI, HE'LL HAVE TO WORK HARD TO GET OUT THE VOTE.

ONE OF THE WAYS HE'S HELPING ENERGIZE VOTERS IS BY ENCOURAGING THOSE REPUBLICAN WHO AREN'T ATTENDING THE NATIONAL CONVENTION TO HOLD WATCH PARTIES TONIGHT WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH GIVES HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH.

PROCTOR SAYS IT'S LIKELY PRESIDENT BUSH OR VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY WILL VISIT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER.

HE SAYS THOSE VISITS PLAY IN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ELECTION.

BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES ARE GOING AFTER UNDECIDED VOTERS.

AND SOME SAY DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN EDWARDS COULD HELP S CLEAR WHAT ROLE SOUTHWEST MISSOURI WILL PLAY IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.

CINDY STEIN, PLETCHER ROGERS AND DARRELL PROCTOR SAY THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING THE PRESIDENT SPEAK TONIGHT'BECAUSE THEY SAY THE SPEECH WILL MAKE JOB OF RALLYING SOUTHWEST MISSOURI REPUBLICANS EASIER.