While their attention is laser-focused on the early primary states, the major presidential candidates continue to make appeals to supporters back in Missouri for various types of help.
Rudy Giuliani's campaign is asking Missourians to vote early. Mitt Romney needs your help making phone calls. Others are just appealing for cash to bolster their campaign.
In an e-mail to supporters this weekend, Giuliani urged Missourians to vote absentee in anticipation of the February 5th primary here. "If you qualify for absentee voting you can cast your vote for President now. Tens of thousands of Missourians will cast their ballot for their party's nominee for President long before the polls open. In Missouri absentee voting began on December 26th," wrote Tyler O'Conner, Giuliani's Regional Political Director. The e-mail includes a direct link to the Secretary of State's office.
Mitt Romney's campaign is asking Missourians to pick up the phone for him. The campaign is asking supporters to e-mail the Romney campaign at CallAtHome@MittRomney.com to participate in a nationwide phone bank to turn out New Hampshire voters Tuesday. The goal is 5,000 callers per "Team Mitt." Calls will take place Monday from 2-8 p.m.
Barack Obama has scheduled New Hampshire watch parties in Kansas City and St. Louis, but none in southwest Missouri. John Edwards and John McCain sent e-mails asking supporters to contribute money to their campaigns so they can compete beyond New Hampshire.