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Around 15 hundred people gathered outside Glendale High School in Springfield this morning in anticipation of presidential candidate Barack Obama's appearance. There were also some McCain supporters there to represent their candidate. KSMU's Benjamin Fry spoke to both Obama and McCain supporters and files this report.
Fans and supporters turned out early for Senator Obama's speech, hoping to get prime seats.
Twenty-five year old Joe Pickens of Springfield has his girlfriend to thank for getting him a ticket.
She waited in line three hours to get their tickets because Pickens was at work.
He says though it sounds cliché, Obama's message of change is what gives him hope.
For 77-year old Rosetta Clarida, the chance to see Obama in person required a little luck.
Tickets were gone by the time she heard of the visit, but at the last minute, some friends were unable to go and gave her their tickets.
Clarida says this campaign is historic. She says she has high hopes for Obama.
But not everyone was there for Obama. Nearly a dozen John McCain supporters showed up near Glendale, holding up signs that read "Obama-False Hope", "America Can't Afford Obama", and "The Only Place Obama Wants to Drill is Your Wallet".
Jack Jackson is the Missouri Co-Chair for McCain's campaign.
Jackson says more Missourians agree with McCain's views, including those on economy.
But those who were standing in line waiting to see Obama are holding out hope that come November, this Bell-weather State will be blue.
For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry.