Parents said they didn't want their children to miss out on a chance to be a part of history.
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.
Missourian reporters document preparations for the Barack Obama rally.
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.
State Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, and Republican candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer both emphasize lowering costs and securing coverage for more Americans.
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.
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.
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.
Candidates for the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives weighed in on how to fund K-12 education in a tough economy.
Local state House and Senate candidates have varying thoughts on the future of Missouri's economy.
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.
Setup begins on Carnahan Quad, and a large crowd is anticipated at Thursday night's event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 400 parents, teachers, candidates and community members attended the event on Wednesday morning.
Gregory Thompson is the Constitution Party's candidate for governor.
Nixon, who is the longest-serving attorney general in Missouri history, is hoping to bring his small-town experiences to the Governor's office