Missouri Democrats Say Obama Has A Good Record, But The Economy Is Key

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - Most polls show the presidential race to be within reach of either major party candidate but in Missouri some polls show Mitt Romney with a double digit lead.

"It's not up to the president to make his case here it's up to us," said State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, (D) St. Louis.

She predicts the race will be closer in Missouri than pollsters are predicting.

President Obama has not made campaigning in Missouri a priority and according to former Governor Bob Holden that might not be bad for Missouri democrats.

"It allows them to focus on their race and not have the national politics be played out in Missouri," said Holden.

Some democrats have complained that the president has failed to adequately address poverty in urban communities.

Ed Rhode is a democratic consultant and former press secretary for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

"I think he (President Obama) is selling himself short."  

Rhode is surprised the president has not done a better job explaining what many know as Obamacare.

"He has a great record to run on and he just needs to talk about his accomplishments," said Rhode.

Lindenwood University's Joe Cernik believes voters will start to focus on the presidential election soon.

"An issue that's going to be important as this convention ends is actually the release of the jobs report on Friday," said Cernik.

Those numbers will reflect the job count for August.

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