From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones and NBC's Mark Murray
The Obama campaign has announced that the day after the West Virginia primary, Obama will stump in Michigan.
"Our schedule reflects the fact that we are still fighting for votes and delegates in the remaining contests but also that we are going to places that are going to be competitive in the fall," Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki says. "John McCain has gone unchallenged for far too long and we're going to make sure that voters in competitive states know the choice in this election between changing Washington and the third term of George Bush's failed policies that McCain is offering."
Of course, Obama didn't campaign in Michigan leading up to the state's January 15 primary, a date that violated party rules and forced the DNC to strip Michigan of all of its delegates.
Even though the Democrats won it in the past two presidential elections, Michigan most likely will be a competitive state in the fall.
*** UPDATE *** Obama's stop in Michigan will follow the event he'll do in Missouri on Tuesday.
*** UPDATE II *** RNC spokesman Alex Conant emails this statement about Obama's travel plans: "Barack Obama can travel wherever he wants, but it won't make his calls for higher taxes, restricted gun rights, and proposed meetings with state sponsors of terrorism any more appealing. Wherever Obama takes his flawed message, voters will learn more about the weak leadership he has demonstrated on important issues confronting the nation. Obama's punitive tax plan shows he doesn't understand the American economy or how to rejuvenate it – and that's no different in Michigan, Florida or the other the states on his itinerary."