1. For the first time in more than 100 years, Missouri is not considered to be among the group of competitive battlegrounds which could determine the results of the presidential elections, according to a report by USA Today’s Deidre Shesgreen.  Instead, the Show-Me State leans Republican. 

    Obama lost to McCain by just 4,000 votes in the 2008 election. But the president’s campaign isn’t showing signs it will spend money here to try to win it in 2012. And polls have consistently shown Romney leading Obama. 

    Not everyone agrees the state should be taken for granted, especially Missouri insiders. 

    "Missouri is probably more competitive than a lot of the pundits think," said Peverill Squire, a political science professor at the University of Missouri. “The electorate that shows up in 2012 won’t be very different from the electorate that showed up in 2008.”

    Read the full report.

    USA Today »

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