We started to lay the foundation for Senator Obama's victory in Missouri almost a year ago.

I endorsed his presidential bid early and we went to work to integrate my political organization into his campaign.

One of the most important things that we did for Barack was to provide his campaign with key targeting information for canvassing, direct mail and GOTV. I also assigned key members of my political staff to help the Obama campaign execute ground and press operations.

We met regularly with Obama staff and formed a close working relationship with them.

In Missouri's 1st CD, the combined Obama/Clay team produced record increases in Democratic primary turnout in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County.