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      Obama to make trip to Missouri Thursday

      President Barack Obama is set to make his first campaign appearance on behalf of Missouri Democratic senatorial candidate Robin Carnahan.

      Obama is scheduled to attend a pair of Carnahan fundraisers Thursday in Kansas City.

      Carnahan's campaign expects more than 250 people to attend a luncheon with Obama, where tickets range from $1,000 to $30,000. The campaign expects more than 750 people at a separate Obama reception, with tickets ranging from $17 to $99.

      Carnahan is the leading Democrat in this year's race to replace Republican Kit Bond, who is retiring after 24 years in the Senate.

      Congressman Roy Blunt is the Republican front-runner in the race. Blunt planned to campaign Thursday in southern Missouri.

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