07/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Plans "Unbelievable" Push To Win Missouri

How much would Barack Obama love to win Missouri?

Let us count the staffers... 148, 149, yes, 150 ...

The Democrat's campaign said Tuesday it is tripling its paid staff -- to an unprecedented 150 workers, who will fan out from 30 field offices across the state, from West Plains to Maryville.

"It's unheard of," veteran Democratic worker Woody Overton of Kansas City said of the effort and expenditure. "It's unbelievable."

"Desperate" is the adjective John McCain's camp used. "When you feel like you have to put that many people in the state to cover it, it means you think you're in trouble and you have to have a surge," said Jack Jackson, McCain's Missouri co-chairman.

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