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Missouri, Kansas Dems Rally For Obama

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Kansas and Missouri Democrats are squeezing in next to some 75,000 other spectators at Invesco Field in Denver, Colo. to see their freshly minted presidential nominee, Barack Obama. KCUR's Frank Morris is there too, and reports that many here are already looking past the speech to the general election.

A lot of people in the Kansas and Missouri delegations believe they're taking part in history tonight. But they're also looking ahead to the day after. Even these folks aren't too hopeful about Obama's chances in Kansas, but Missouri's in play and Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver gave a rousing speech to rally Missouri delegates to work for Obama and Attorney General Jay Nixon's campaign for governor.

The Convention seems to have been pretty effective in unifying, at least the Missouri and Kansas delegations, but keeping that enthusiasm going through out the next nine weeks is Democrats next challenge.

I’ve been at KCUR almost 30 years, working partly for NPR and splitting my time between local and national reporting. I work to bring extra attention to people in the Midwest, my home state of Kansas and of course Kansas City. What I love about this job is having a license to talk to interesting people and then crafting radio stories around their voices. It’s a big responsibility to uphold the truth of those stories while condensing them for lots of other people listening to the radio, and I take it seriously. Email me at frank@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @FrankNewsman.
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