Supporters thrilled to see first lady Michelle Obama in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri and Kansas hold caucuses this month, but that's significant only on the Republican side.

For Democrats, it's time to raise money for this fall's general election.

First lady Michelle Obama's main event was at 18th and Vine.

Gwendolyn Cooke was in the crowd of more than 300 people, predominately women, who gathered at the American Jazz Museum.

Cooke said she was there to see Mrs. Obama.

"...because she's such a wonderful role model for women. Especially women with families, how she's raising her children and how she's focusing on children in general."

Cooke said four years ago, she helped campaign for Obama.

In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidency, but did not carry either Kansas or Missouri.

Republican John McCain beat Obama by one-tenth of a percentage point in Missouri.

And there are many signs the state has gotten redder since then.

This trip is a chance to fire up the base while pulling in cash for the campaign.

The first lady praised the president's work on education, health care and the auto industry bailout.

"She was reminding us of all the things the president has done, but all the work we have to do in order to make this a successful campaign," said Pamela Goodwin.

Outside, people waited with cameras at the ready, hoping for just a glimpse.

They got a big wave from the first lady as she drove off.

"She waved directly at me. Oh, I'm so happy! Yay!" said Jasmine Wells, who had been waiting for a couple of hours.

Obama supporters said they hope Monday's enthusiasm translates into votes in November.

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling showed Obama tied 45%- 45% if he faces Mitt Romney in November.

Obama leads Ron Paul and Rick Santorum by a couple of points in the state, but it's still within the margin of error.

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