With the Democratic nomination seemingly now within his reach, Barack Obama will visit the general election battleground of Missouri tomorrow, his first trip designed specifically to lay the groundwork for November.
Obama's aides said last week, as Obama solidified his lead over Hillary Clinton with a big win in North Carolina and virtual draw in Indiana, that he would begin traveling to general election states as soon as this week. Look for Obama to plan more such trips in the near future as his campaign pivots toward the expected six-month campaign against John McCain.
UPDATE: Obama is also expected to make stops in Michigan on Wednesday. The state, key to any Democrat's chances for winning in November, has been something of a pariah after moving up its primary to a date not sanctioned by the Democratic Party. If Obama is the nominee, he will have to pay extra attention to Michigan, because he has not campaigned there during the primary.
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