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Missouri back in the swing as McCain's lead shrinks

Ground zero in the ever-changing race for the White House?

For today, at least, Missouri — and the Kansas City area — can stake a pretty good claim. It’s yet another sign that the state known for swinging between Democrats and Republicans is very much back in the swing.

At 10 a.m., Republican John McCain speaks at the Truman Library in Independence. At 5:10 p.m., Michelle Obama, wife of Democrat Barack Obama, appears at a rally in the 18th & Vine jazz district in Kansas City.

It's the second time since July that a McCain and an Obama have been in the state on the same day, and it comes amid signs that the battle for Missouri has reached a new level of intensity.

"Missouri is in play," said George Connor, a political scientist at Missouri State University in Springfield.

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