We had our own intrepid reporters on the scene giving you the scoop on the “Obama size” crowd in Sidney, Ohio yesterday with their very own photos. Now the local press reports on the phenomenon that is the groundswell of support for Romney all over Ohio evidenced by that jarring headline. Here is the write-up:
SIDNEY, Ohio — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received a warm reception on a cold evening at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Wednesday as he addressed a crowd estimated at more than 8,500 people, more than eight times the number expected to turn out. Josh Romney, one of five sons, introduced his father, describing the former governor of Massachusetts as “my hero and the next president of the United States.” As the elder Romney took the stage, the sea of people rose into a breaking wave of cell phones and cameras to capture the momentous event, chanting “four more weeks, four more weeks!” Romney told the crowd he’d been watching President Barack Obama’s rallies hearing the chants of “four more years, but said, “I’ve been looking at my calendar and I think ’four more weeks’ is more appropriate.”
Chris Gibbs, chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, said the event was a “huge undertaking” but was an undeniable success. “The Romney team was meticulous in organizing, and the ability to put on a production like this in such a short amount of time is fantastic,” Gibbs said. Attendance far surpassed the initial projection of about 1,000. “I was initially concerned there were still folks outside when the program started,” Gibbs said. The line stretched several deep the whole length of the fairgrounds and most of the way around the racetrack as the thousands patiently moved in.