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Mittmentum in the Buckeye State

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:31 am - November 3, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

In West Chester, Ohio yesterday, the local Fire Chief estimated that over 30,000 supporters gathered to hear Mitt Romney offer his pitch for real change.

That roughly three times the combined total (10,600) at Obama’s three rallies in the Buckeye State yesterday.

Ace and Twitchy have more images from the rally.  And each of these 30,000 Ohioans had to arrive early at the rally and pass through security, that is, their presence there showed an incredible amount of commitment.

And this, John Hinderaker reminds us, is par for the course for the Romney/Ryan ticket:  “They draw large, excited crowds pretty much everywhere they go.”  “The enthusiasm gap,”, as John puts it, favors the GOP.

An AP reporter, Stacy McCain reports, is trying to lowball the crowd size.  A more honest journalist reported that he didn’t “even know how to take a picture of” the crowd because it was so big.

Hopefully, local news will provide more reliable coverage of the rally.

UPDATE:  From his perch at Instapundit, Ed Driscoll reports:

CHANGE: Obama Attracting Smaller Crowds than McCain in 2008.

UPDATE: Obama’s Cleveland Rally Attendance 20x Lower than 2008.

UP-UPDATE:  There were 4,000 this morning at Obama’s Cleveland rally, meaning the tally at four of Obama’s Ohio rallies combined was less than half that at one Mitt Romney Ohio rally.



  1. I suspect Obama’s internals are awful too.

    Is that his polls, or the loins Axelrod has been spending so much time talking up? Because I know I’d have a sinking feeling in MY gut if my position was what his is. Most of his goons know he’ll probably pardon them on the way out and they’ll never wear orange PJs, but there have to be a few who wonder what the future is going to hold for them.

    Comment by perturbed — November 3, 2012 @ 5:41 am - November 3, 2012

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  3. Obama is not only beatable, he is landslide-able.

    Comment by Sharp_Right_Turn — November 3, 2012 @ 7:01 am - November 3, 2012

  4. Well we can add the “crowd size” metric to the “yard sign” one and conclude that the Obama love affair might be over-at least for the voters the media is still sending flowers and candy.

    I don’t want to get my hopes up, but the fact that this crowd showed up in Ohio is a good thing.

    Comment by Just Me — November 3, 2012 @ 8:16 am - November 3, 2012

  5. Voter intensity is off the charts–Dark Phoenix level. Beware Barack Obama; your days are done!

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 3, 2012 @ 9:39 am - November 3, 2012

  6. I’ve noticed the difference in just watching video’s. Big camera pans showing huge, loudly cheering crowds at Romney/Ryan rallies.

    Small, tight camera angles and pans at Obama’s. And while there’s cheering, it lacks volume and enthusiasm. Every indication that the number’s aren’t there.

    I certainly hope this is reflective of a Romney/Ryan win! I would like a landslide, and a tesounding defeat of Obama, but I’ll settle for squeaking by.

    Comment by Kate — November 3, 2012 @ 9:46 am - November 3, 2012

  7. Oh and another metric.

    Romney and his team seem upbeat and excited. Those at his rallies seem upbeat and excited.

    Obama looks anxious and is testy. His campaign spokespeople appear testy.

    I suspect the man who is upbeat is seeing some really good polling internals for his campaign and Obama is seeing some really bad internals.

    Comment by Just Me — November 3, 2012 @ 10:14 am - November 3, 2012

  8. GP left-wing trolls are screeching about Bammy’s coming win… in a way that suggests over-compensation and denial: (Johnathan) (Levi) (Levi)

    That may be a sign of a coming r-R win 😉

    What these people fail to grasp, of course, is that if we are wrong and they’re right, that will be a bad thing… even for them.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 3, 2012 @ 11:23 am - November 3, 2012

  9. Romney considered likely to win Florida:

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 3, 2012 @ 11:29 am - November 3, 2012

  10. If everything is peachy within the Obama2012 cocoon, why does David Axelrod, Stephanie Cutter, Ben LaBolt, David Plouffe & Valerie Jarrett look so anxious, stressed-out, pasty & pale? Obama2012 has been imploding for some time. The bottom fell out after the 1st debate & Obama hasn’t recovered.

    I suspect Obama’s internals are awful too.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 3, 2012 @ 11:32 am - November 3, 2012

  11. My preference would be for both sides to save the triumphalism for after the election.

    Comment by V the K — November 3, 2012 @ 11:55 am - November 3, 2012

  12. I would add that, win or lose, Romney ran probably the best campaign any Republican could have under the circumstances.

    Comment by V the K — November 3, 2012 @ 12:08 pm - November 3, 2012

  13. And Yahoo news said it was only 10,000 people at this rally. Hmmmmm

    Comment by johninindy — November 3, 2012 @ 12:19 pm - November 3, 2012

  14. GP left-wing trolls are screeching about Bammy’s coming win… in a way that suggests over-compensation and denial: (Johnathan) (Levi) (Levi)

    That may be a sign of a coming r-R win

    What these people fail to grasp, of course, is that if we are wrong and they’re right, that will be a bad thing… even for them.

    Wait, who is in denial? Obama’s leading in all of the polls in all the places that matter. I know you guys like to fart around in these threads about crowd sizes and yard signs, but the polling gives Obama maybe 300 electoral votes. It seems to me that the people counting bumper stickers and speculating that Pennsylvania might go Republican and ignoring the polls that would be in denial.

    Comment by Levi — November 3, 2012 @ 2:08 pm - November 3, 2012

  15. Awww, Levi goes for the big lie.


    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 3, 2012 @ 2:13 pm - November 3, 2012

  16. Levi–

    you might want to run out and stock up on duct tape before Tuesday. I’d had to see your head explode and splatter icky stuff on your mom’s basement walls.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — November 3, 2012 @ 2:25 pm - November 3, 2012

  17. I have a friend that is just terrified that Obama will win. Thanks for info. She texts and then I send back info like about the rallies. Daily. Three days…

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — November 3, 2012 @ 5:55 pm - November 3, 2012

  18. TexasMom2012, getting live text reports from reader in Denver that Romney rally there is huge and enthusiastic. And send your friend this report about a long-time Clinton aide backing Mitt.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 3, 2012 @ 6:05 pm - November 3, 2012

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