LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Hillary Clinton returns to Arkansas today -- a state that gave her 70 percent of the vote in the presidential primary. Clinton hopes to raise cash and support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
The rally on the steps of the state Capitol this afternoon at 5 will be the most high-profile wooing of the state's Democrats since Obama won the Democratic nomination. His last opponent in the hard-fought battle was Clinton, who served 12 years as the state's first lady. It may be their last shot at closing the gap in a state that Obama has mostly ignored and Republicans have touted as a lock for John McCain.
David Pryor, a former governor and senator and head of the state Democratic Party, says that Arkansas still has a shot at backing Obama in November. But Arkansas has gone Republican in the past two presidential elections. Democrats acknowledge that turning that tide is difficult without any attention from the nominee himself.
After today's rally at the state Capitol, Clinton is scheduled to join Governor Beebe, retired Army General Wesley Clark and other top Democrats for a $1,000-a-person fundraising reception. Donors can be listed as hosts for the reception for $10,000.