PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from the Obama rally


Columbia families bring children to experience Obama, rally

Parents said they didn't want their children to miss out on a chance to be a part of history.

Thousands cheer Obama at rally for change

With an audience of about 35,000 to 40,000 people — a crowd estimate that came from the campaign and confirmed by the Columbia Police Department — Obama delivered a 33-minute speech intended to reinforce his base and encourage participation on Election Day.

Pre-Obama diary: Waiting in line, helping set up

Missourian reporters document preparations for the Barack Obama rally.

Biden rallies with autoworkers in Missouri

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden vowed to cut taxes for the middle class at a campaign stop in Arnold, Mo. A recent poll showed Barack Obama and John McCain about even among likely Missouri voters.

9th District congressional candidates share thoughts on health care

State Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, and Republican candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer both emphasize lowering costs and securing coverage for more Americans.

Obama's MU address draws detractors, too

Dissidents gathered at MU's Speakers Circle brandished signs reading "No redistribution of wealth" and "Obama roots for Kansas." Although outnumbered, they were a steady presence throughout the night.

'Rednecks' come to Columbia for Obama rally

Tony Viessman, 74, of Rolla started "Rednecks for Obama" with Les Spencer, 60, before Obama's July 30 stop in Rolla, and has traveled to campaign events in Mississippi, Tennessee, Colorado and New York.

Line for Obama rally stretches nearly a mile

By 6:15 p.m., a line of Sen. Barack Obama supporters had already gathered along Conley Avenue north of MU's Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. The line stretched from Hulston Hall, which houses the MU law school, jogged east down University Avenue around Middlebush Hall and then south on Hitt Street.

Legislative candidates differ on education issues

Candidates for the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives weighed in on how to fund K-12 education in a tough economy.

Legislative candidates offer views on the economy

Local state House and Senate candidates have varying thoughts on the future of Missouri's economy.

Missouri House candidates Robb, Kelly debate higher education

Republican Rep. Ed Robb and former legislator Chris Kelly agree that higher education needs to be better funded but disagree on who would be the more effective legislator.

Early arrival encouraged for Obama rally

Setup begins on Carnahan Quad, and a large crowd is anticipated at Thursday night's event.

Analysis finds disparities in county voter rolls

Fourteen of the state's 114 counties had more registered voters than voting-age adults. Such a scenario raises the question of whether some people could vote twice in different places.

Follow-ups to voter registration drives differ between parties

Both Republicans and Democrats helped register voters for this election, but party organizers are split on what constitutes adequate follow-up to geting voters out to the polls Nov. 4.

State Senate and House candidates propose health-care fixes

Some candidates think Gov. Matt Blunt's 2005 Medicaid cuts need to be reversed. Others think that's unrealistic given the state's responsiblity to a balanced budget. Candidates for the state House and Senate outline their ideas for health-care reform in Missouri.

ANALYSIS: Obama, McCain appeal to button wearing, sign carrying crowd as election draws near

Days away from the election, a noticeable change has taken place in presidential campaign strategy in Missouri. After months of candidates appealing to the voting-befuddled, hard-to-reach undecided, they're finally giving some love to their base supporters. 

Oakland Junior High School students hold political convention

More than 400 parents, teachers, candidates and community members attended the event on Wednesday morning.

Former schools superintendent says government needs faith

Gregory Thompson is the Constitution Party's candidate for governor.

Lengthy political career holds lessons for Nixon

Nixon, who is the longest-serving attorney general in Missouri history, is hoping to bring his small-town experiences to the Governor's office