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Obama Headed To Missouri To Help Robin Carnahan

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But the visit also shows Carnahan's willingness to stand side-by-side with the president -- not exactly the most common campaign strategy for Democrats running in states that Obama lost in 2008. Carnahan also appeared with with Obama in April when he stopped in Missouri to talk about the economy, though she earlier declined to appear at an visit Obama made to the Show Me State to talk about health care.

Carnahan and Blunt are locked in a tight race so far in a state where Obama is not especially popular. The TPM Poll Average for the contest shows Blunt ahead by a margin of 47.6-42.2.