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Here’s the scoop on the Obama visit

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s visit to Boise will be for an early-morning rally on Saturday at Taco Bell Arena. The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign says doors will open at 7 a.m. The event is free, but people planning to attend are asked to RSVP by going to this website: The campaign also advised, “For security reasons, bags are not allowed inside the event. Please limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted.” The public will enter the arena through Door No. 3. The event is being billed as a “Stand for Change Rally,” at which Obama will “fire up supporters and undecided caucus-goers ahead of the Feb. 5th primary.”

Chani Wiggins, Obama’s Idaho campaign spokeswoman, said, “He’s on a huge multi-state swing before the Feb. 5 caucus/primary day.” With Idaho’s Democratic caucus on Super Tuesday, when 22 states and two territories will hold caucuses or primaries, Idaho Democrats are in the thick of the presidential campaign this year. “This is a really close race, and something that Idahoans need to get into their heads is that they have real power and influence,” Wiggins said. “This presidential nomination could be decided on a handful of delegates.” Idaho has 23.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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