Missouri Democrats unite behind Obama at convention

Saturday, June 9, 2012 | 2:18 p.m. CDT; updated 3:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 10, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Democrats are uniting behind President Barack Obama at their state convention — not a surprising result but a sharp contrast from four years ago.

Attendees at Saturday's state Democratic convention at the Lake of the Ozarks were choosing the final 19 people for what will be a 102-person delegation to the Democratic National Convention in September. All of Missouri's delegates will be pledged to Obama.

In 2008, Missouri's state convention was almost evenly divided between supporters of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Attendees were given different-colored badges and literally split into two camps at the convention hall.

This year's Democratic convention drew a smaller, more relaxed crowd. Some delegates expressed concern that Obama could face a close election against Republican Mitt Romney because of the slow economic recovery.


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