Mo. passed over in 2012 presidential campaign

Oct 22, 2012

The 2012 presidential campaign has been unlike anything Missouri voters have seen in quite some time. Or perhaps "not seen" is a better description.

Neither Democratic President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has held any public campaign events in Missouri since winning his party's nomination. And neither has run TV ads specifically targeting Missouri.

That's a sharp contrast with the 2008 elections and the intense presidential campaigns that Missourians have come to expect over the past several decades.

Obama put a big effort into Missouri four years ago but still narrowly lost the state. This year, Obama has decided to focus elsewhere. Consequently, Romney also has turned his campaign efforts to other states.

State Democratic and Republican party officials say they still have a strong get-out-the-vote effort planned.