Romney Crowd in Sidney, Ohio is “Obama Size” According to Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times

Another great crowd in Sidney, Ohio today with an interesting observation:

The above tweet from Jeff Zeleny is more important than the actual number because of the comparative nature of events and crowd sizes. Yesterday’s Romney crowd was 12,000 — a fantastic showing. But that was in Cuyahoga County, a densely populated region who saw 658k people vote in 2008. Today’s rally was in the more sparsely populated Shelby County that saw 23k people vote in 2008. Romney’s turnout tonight of 8,000 9000 (h/t Kevin in the comments) is 39% of the entire county … 39% of the ENTIRE County.

And in first, we have our own intrepid reporters on the scene with crowd shots from the event.  The below are from “markoh” and his two children (youth vote!):


  1. No Tribe
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Romney has a good Ohio narrative going on there. And Ryan joining him there again on Friday. We may just be seeing Romney buckle down and say to Obama, “you want this to be all about Ohio?” Let’s do it.

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      After Friday, only 24 campaign days remain, taking out 4 for the debates leaves probably just 20 days left of campaign events. Probably 40 events (two a day average) total left. I’ll guess:

      New Hampshire-1

  2. Kevin
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I found the Springfield News Sun newspaper from Springfield Ohio showing the crowd size at 9,000.

  3. No Tribe
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    As of Saturday, Republicans had requested 656,813 absentee ballots in Colorado, compared to Democrats’ 627,064, according to records from the Secretary of State. In North Carolina, more than 52% of all ballot requests have come from Republicans, whereas Democrats account for only 27% of requests and unaffiliated voters, 21%.

    In Florida, 43.4% of absentee ballot requests came from Republicans, 39% from Democrats. Republicans have an even larger advantage in returned absentee ballots: 45.5% to 38%.

    In Nevada, absentee ballot requests favor Republicans 43.9% to 39.2%, with some smaller GOP-leaning counties not reporting. We expect our advantage in Nevada therefore to be even larger.

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Further update of FL, shows Dems have actually made strong gains since ’08, but Republicans stayed ahead with gain too:

      So far, Romney’s campaign has a slight edge in absentee voting. Republicans have requested 894,544 absentee ballots and returned 33,143, compared to 820,865 requested and 31,305 returned by Democrats, according to the Romney campaign. Independent and minor party voters have requested 374,551 ballots and returned 12,083. The state Democratic Party has numbers that reflect the same ratio of requested and returned ballots. The state only releases the information to political parties, elections officials and candidates until the election is over.

      At the same point before the 2008 election, Democrats lagged even further in absentee ballot requests, with Republicans requesting nearly 730,000 ballots compared to just more than 517,000 for Democrats, according to figures provided by the Obama campaign. Traditionally, Republicans have voted absentee in larger numbers than Democrats, but Obama still won the majority of votes cast before Election Day in 2008.

      • WillBest
        Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

        That sounds like bad news to me. If the GOP loses FL its game over.

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