No MO Money For a Former Bellwether
Once upon a time, Missouri was the bellwether of the Presidential elections. You could always count on us to pick the winner. Remember 2008 when Barack Obama rallied beneath the Arch and even John McCain paid a few visits here? Oh, those glorious days. But then, by just .1 percent of the popular vote, we gave our eleven precious electoral votes to McCain, who ultimately lost. And, just like that, we lost our precious bellwether status. (And also one electoral vote.)
Now, this year, every pollster has predicted we'll give them to Mitt Romney. It's like our red-ness is a foregone conclusion. Which means that even though we still get a shit-ton of campaign ads every time we dare to turn on the TV, they're only from locals. The whole Presidential thing has just passed us by.
Maybe it's just like those Rules ladies and our grandma said: If you're a sure thing, nobody's going to want to buy you dinner.
Back in 2008, we were one of the most popular states, lavished with money and attention. The Obama campaign poured in more than $11.3 million into Missouri, but McCain won it (barely) with a mere $9.4 million. Such a bargain!
This year, even though Obama and Romney have waged the most expensive campaign in history, with rumors that the candidates and their friends will have poured in more than $4 billion by the time they're done, Missouri's not even close to the most-wanted list.