Jefferson City, Mo. – The rule is that no Democrat can win the White House without winning Missouri, but that may change.
Although the race remained too close to call, Republican John McCain clung to a small advantage in Missouri early this morning over Democrat Barack Obama, who already had locked up a national electoral victory.
With all precincts reporting results, McCain led Obama by 5,853 votes out of more than 2.9 million counted. That's a difference of 0.2 percentage points.
St. Louis and Kansas City – Hundreds of voters are lining up at polling places in the St. Louis area today, with waits longer than an hour in places. But they were largely in good spirits and said lines were moving pretty quickly.
St. Louis – Starting early Tuesday morning, volunteers from various organizations will undertake a massive get-out-the-vote effort in Missouri.
The NAACP plans to send out 1,800 volunteers around the state.
St. Louis chapter President Claude Brown says they plan to knock on thousands of doors, especially in the African-American neighborhoods of St. Louis city and County. "Those people are called flushers," Brown said "We're going to have people out all day, encouraging people to vote, starting at six that morning."
Washington – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is mourning the death of his daughter. Christine Durbin, 40, died Saturday in a Washington-area hospital from complications relating to a congenital heart condition.
She had been in the hospital for several weeks.
Christine Durbin worked for 16 years for the Department of Agriculture. She lived with her husband and son in a Washington suburb.
Senator Durbin is up for re-election tomorrow. He's seeking his third term in the Senate after seven in the House.