Police Department that about 100,000 people gathered to hear
Obama's rally in St. Louis earlier Saturday.
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Update: 175,000 Americans attended Obama rallies today - 100,000 in St. Louis and 75,000 later in the day in Kansas City, Missouri:
The day's first crowd in St Louis numbered at least 100,000 -- Obama's biggest yet in the United States. An evening rally in Kansas City, Missouri's other big metropolis, attracted more than 75,000 supporters.
The 47-year-old candidate bidding to be the nation's first black president said the enormous turnouts were proof "the winds are blowing for change across America," as he bids to flip red states into Democratic "blue."
"They're blowing in Kansas, they're blowing in Missouri, they're blowing in North Carolina, they're blowing in Virginia, they're blowing in Ohio," Obama said, reeling off a list of states that all backed Bush in 2004 and 2000.
The Illinois senator was ahead of McCain by 50 percent to 42 percent in Saturday's Gallup national tracking poll. In the Rasmussen tracking poll, the Democrat was up 50 percent to 45.
"A New Low in American Politics"
ST LOUIS - Senator Claire McCaskill warmed up the estimated 100,000 on hand for Obama's Show Me State mega rally, using the venue to hammer the GOP ticket.
"One campaign has been stumbling, erratic, all over the map - changed positions like Missouri changes the weather. The other campaign is slow, steady, thoughtful, constructive - the kind of leadership America needs in a crisis," she said. "As America has taken the measure of these men, they have looked at their judgment from the campaign trail. One picked one of the strongest candidates for vice president he could have picked in the United States. Well, the other didn't."
McCaskill never said Sarah Palin's name, but referred to the Alaska Governor again when she noted the GOPer's description of "pro-America" North Carolina just days ago. "It doesn't matter whether you live in a small town in Missouri or whether you're right here in St. Louis - show America right now how we all are proud Americans," the Missouri Senator said.
The crowd responded with chants of "U.S.A."
McCaskill waited and added, "We have reached a new low in American politics when someone dares to say that one part of America is more pro America than another part of America."
Missouri is considered a bellwether state in presidential politics, voting with the nation in every election since 1904, with only one exception in the 1950s. Obama narrowly won the state's primary and leads John McCain in the latest Rasmussen poll out Friday.
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