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Presidential candidates visit Missouri, voters pick sides

Posted at 8:22 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 21:42:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Voters head to the polls on Tuesday for the Missouri Presidential Primary as both major candidates on the Democratic side have visits planned to the state.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a stop Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri, at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

A couple thousand people packed the area as Biden gave a 15-minute speech.

Hours before he spoke, Biden supporters, including Nancy Cavallaro, lined up hoping to catch a glimpse of the candidate.

"Very excited, I’m hoping to at least shake his hand or something or take a selfie," Cavallaro said.

Fellow supporter Yolanda Artese said that she wants Biden to win.

"We want, need, a president that knows what the heck they’re doing," Artese said.

Biden is the first choice for some in the crowd, but the alternative for others.

"I was for Pete [Buttigieg] and then he endorsed Biden,” said JJ Briscoe. “So I was definitely part of that momentum and then I think Super Tuesday really sealed the deal.”

Kansas City, Missouri, resident Mary Jacobi said that everyone she has supported has “fallen off one by one by one.”

"I’m not a Bernie type," Jacobi said.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders supporters also were trying to get out the vote. Without him here in Kansas City, the volunteers canvassed to several neighborhoods.

"We’re feeling great,” said Idris Raoufi. “I mean, we’ve been knocking on tens of thousands of doors in Kansas City we’ve been getting more and more recruitments for all of our volunteering shifts.”

The Missouri primary is on Tuesday.