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On Tuesday night, Senator Barack Obama attended a "meet and greet" fundraiser at University Plaza in Springfield which supporters say raised a quarter of a million dollars. Democrats say it shows he's got strong support in the Ozarks but Republicans disagree. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
For about an hour and a half, Barack Obama visited with the 70 to 80 people who came out for the fundraiser. The cost was five thousand dollars per couple. Joe Carmichael was at the event...He's the former Missouri Democratic Party chairman and former Vice Chair of the National Democratic Committee. He says he's surprised the fundraiser brought in a quarter of a million dollars.
Carmichael says the fundraiser shows there's strong support for Obama in the area, which is traditionally viewed as a Republican stronghold.
But the spokeswoman for the Missouri Republican Party, Tina Hervey cautions against reading too much into the turnout for the fundraiser and town hall meeting.
Hervey says she expects both Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain to make more visits to Missouri.
Springfield democrat Joe Carmichael says he expects Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to be back in Missouri before the general election.
After his stop in Springfield, Obama was scheduled to travel to Rolla for a public campaign event.