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WASHINGTON—White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) attends four fund-raisers in northern California on Saturday while his chief Democratic rivals are all in Iowa at a conclave with Dem leaders.

Obama’s campaign, in making choices where to send the candidate, is showing in scheduling decisions he does not feel strategically bound to stay with the pack.

Will he suffer politically in the crucial kickoff caucus state? Here’s the opening of a story about Obama’s absence in the Saturday Des Moines Register:

“Barack Obama is expected to be the only leading Democratic candidate for president not under an eastern Iowa roof with five of his rivals today. Five other candidates plan to appeal to 1,000 of the leadoff caucus state's most influential Democrats while the Illinois senator is 2,000 miles away.’’

All the Democrats will show up Sunday in the first-in-the-nation primary state, New Hampshire, for their second debate, in Manchester sponsored by CNN, WMUR and the Union Leader.

Click below for details on where Obama is fund-raising today.

June 2, 2007 // Luncheon with Senator Barack Obama
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Home of Wayne Jordan and Quinn Delaney
Piedmont, CA
$2300 per person
June 2, 2007 // Luncheon Reception with Senator Barack Obama

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Oakland, CA
$1000 per person
June 2, 2007 // Reception with Senator Barack Obama

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Plug and Play Center
Sunnyvale, CA
$1,000 per person
June 2, 2007 // Dinner with Senator Barack Obama

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Home of Sandi and John Thompson
Woodside, CA
$2300 per person

for the Des Moines Register story by Thomas Beaumont and Jason Clayworth,
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