Small crowd for Obama today in N.C.

from CNN – estimates are 15 – 20K.

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  1. Go Blue says:

    outside of the event gates. The Charlotte Observer reported that crowd goers were breaking through the hedges and climbing low walls just to hear the speech.

  2. Laughing Boy says:

    for all those folks that waited around in the sun… he’s still more than 8 points down in the polls in NC.

    Meanwhile, Palin draws 60,000 in a battleground State.

    • RedGreen says:

      Jonathan Martin has the scoop:

      Mike Tucker, a local fire marshal, estimated 60,000.  But reporters on the ground, including AP’s Brendan Farrington and my colleague Ken Vogel, would only say “tens of thousands,” suggesting the marshal’s estimate was on the high side.   The St. Pete Times’s Adam Smith had another fire official in the crowd say it was about 25,000.

      It’s great that she’s such a celebrity she outdraws McCain and fires people up, but they don’t need to jazz the stats.

      • Laughing Boy says:

        Fire Marshall’s word versus angry lefty AP reporter. I’ll go with the Fire Marshall.


        • Middle of the Road says:

          a local fire marshal


          another fire official in the crowd


        • RedGreen says:

          Have you ever met an AP reporter? Your paranoia is reaching new heights, LB.

          Funny how the McCain campaign is always able to find a fire marshall whose crowd estimate is wildly larger than everyone else at an event.  

          • DavidThi808 says:

            And I estimate the Obama crowd at 200,000.

            • Laughing Boy says:

              Are so silly about Palin.  I love it.

              • Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

                Palin is yesterday’s news.  We have real issues that require real leaders. Palin didn’t make the cut with the American people.  

                BTW, where is Palin?

                • Laughing Boy says:

                  from drawing so many more people than your Presidential candidate.

                  I love that it’s still so Obama vs. Palin for you guys.  That’s a winner.

                  • redstateblues says:

                    Considering your PRESIDENTIAL candidate coming on stage causes people to leave the rally.

                    Just put Palin on the top of the ticket, you know you want to.

                    • Laughing Boy says:

                      It’s the only thing I’ve been excited about since Fred Thompson quit.

                      Until now I’ve been operating under ‘well, I have to vote for McCain because Obama simply can not win this election or we’re fucked’ but now I’m energized by the fact that she’s actually calling bullshit on a host of issues.  I like the fact that she ran against a corrupt incumbent member of her own party.  Obama has never demonstrated that he’s willing to piss off the entire Dem base like McCain has, and I think that’s at least a start to fix some of the bullshit that’s going on.

                      There are a lot of folks on this blog that could do a better job right now than Bush, Reid or Pelosi.

                      I’m sure there are some Dems that probably feel that way about Obama – not super enthused about him, but that ‘we’re fucked if McCain wins’.

    • adam.kretz says:

      And Rasmussen generally has a 1-2 point Republican lean, so take that for what you will.

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