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Columbia Missourian

Obama to visit Missouri to raise funds for Carnahan campaign

By The Associated Press
June 24, 2010 | 5:08 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — President Barack Obama will be coming to Missouri to raise money for nominee Robin Carnahan's Democratic senatorial campaign.

Carnahan's campaign confirmed Thursday that Obama plans to attend a fundraiser for her on July 8 in Kansas City. Spokesman Linden Zakula said Carnahan was pleased to have the president's support on the campaign trail.

Carnahan is the leading Democratic candidate in the race to replace retiring Republican Missouri Sen. Kit Bond. The Republican front-runner is Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt.

Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer said Obama's help was an act of desperation by Carnahan.

Carnahan joined Obama in April when the president toured an ethanol plant in Macon, but she was not present in March when Obama attended a St. Louis fundraiser benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. According to her campaign schedule, Carnahan was in Washington at the time encouraging reforms to the financial industry.