Romney Draws 12,000 in Defiance, Ohio; Population 16,484–Obama Draws 12,000 in Cleveland; Population: 393,806

Romney rally in Defiance, Ohio:

RT @scottwfoster: Estimated crowd count at Romney’s Defiance, OH rally: 12k. Estimate at Obama’s Cleveland rally: 12k. #ohio#decision2012

— Sarah Huisenga (@SarahH_CBSNJ) October 26, 2012

This first fantastic photo is by our own Battlegroundwatch.com correspondent Mark White who previously provided the Sidney, Ohio photos.  Just amazing


The photo on the left is  the next generation we’re all fighting for, our team of intrepid reporters: Claire, Nick and Hannah.  The middle photo is from NBC. The third in this row is from the Romney campaign.


42 Comments

  1. korak Tongani
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I Love it! You can feel an energy now, and a positive one at that. People are lookinng for real change, not a hyperbolic
    novetted teleprompter in chief that has worked the hoops, and links so we”ll that his fundraising, and campaigning
    were getting jalous. People saw on October 3rd…we”ll let’s just say they will tell there kids do you know “where you were
    when the Teleprompter in chief was throttled” Think about it…This date was the date that I became proud to be conservative.

  2. korak Tongani
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    BTW: this is the best Blog I have ever seen. Whoever runs this site is awesome

    • Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

      That guy is only awesome because of his readers, Thanks for the kind words.

      • petep
        Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

        No, you have done amazing work. Great analysis and info, like RCP used to do back in 2000 (when RCP used to actually look at polls and their internals…. rather than just post garbage to their averages). You have done a great work with this site.

      • Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        No it’s his readers, lol.

      • Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

        cliftonchr knows of what he speaks

  3. Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Here’s some local coverage from earlier: http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/politics/newschannel-15-covers-mitt-romney-rally-in-defiance-oh

  4. Pete
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obama stuck @ 47% less than 2 weeks before election; resorting to profanity and sex ads, and Allred’s fishing expedition came up empty.

    These pictures from Ohio will keep Axelrod, Messina up all night. Heh.

    • EpiphoneKnight
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink | Reply

      You are absolutely on target.

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      You know, his latest ad is just disgusting. I am shocked that they are airing an ad all about abortion, how the hell are you supposed to explain that to a 7 year old after sh e sees that garbage.

  5. Matt
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great anecdotal story from Colorado Red Rocks rally

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/10/25/white-house-insider-mitt-romneys-quiet-prayer-amidst-the-sound-of-thunder/

    • Teapartypaul
      Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I am a grown 27 yeAr old man. And the link above touched me to my core. No joke

      • spottedreptile
        Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        That is a beautiful report and a lovely story. And genuine, as Mitt obviously is. Romney asks God for His help, but Obama thinks he is God.

    • exe
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink | Reply

      Ditto. Lump in the throat touched.

  6. Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obama also only drew 8500 today in Tampa, in the heart of a county with over a million people. Centennial Park can fit over 10,000 people. But there were plenty of even larger outdoor venues where he could have appeared. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa would have been a possibility, but my guess is he has little support downtown. He also hasn’t hit St. Pete recently. He’s going to younger, trendier places – where a lot of people are just going to say they went, not because they’ll vote.

    • spottedreptile
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink | Reply

      And they get free stuff for turning up.

      • fab4gal
        Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

        Wait – seriously? It’s the exact opposite at the Ryan and Romney rallies I’ve been to here in Colorado. Romney supporters are there buying things. The only thing “given” to anyone are signs behind the stage and those are just to look good for the cameras.

  7. Tony
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Romney running ads in Minnesota?

    http://www.salon.com/2012/10/26/romney_places_tv_ads_in_minnesota/

  8. Bryan
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this site…I’ve been checking it several times every day! The photos of the Defiance, OH rally are inspiring. I’ve been re-posting and sharing a lot of the links & postings from BW on my facebook as well! Thank you.

    • Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Bryan

      • Tony
        Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

        You do have a pretty good site, Keith. Keep it up.

  9. Mike
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Keith, what you think about this from Colorado:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/drive-a-van-to-get-out-the-vote-ft-collins

  10. Donald
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The Minnesota ads are targeting northern Iowa. Romney can still win it. Minnesota would take a tidal wave. But we don’t have to have Minnesota so no big deal that it’s not really aimed at them.

  11. mikemx75
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Keith, this site is absolutely awesome! Your knowledge,dedication and hard work along with the incredible insight of so many terrific posters really have kept me off the ledge living out here in liberal country (Fairfield County- Connecticut) Thanks for all the insight.

  12. Bunker It Up
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This site is my favorite. Living in NYC I know how tough it is to be in a blue state as I am in New Jersey. pass the word, Contribute.

  13. Teapartypaul
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Get to work people!!! Keith can only do so much…we have to get out the vote!!! May god be with us and our convictions!

  14. SR
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    I sent a link to this site on Twitter. I hope more folks get to know about it. One of the best!!

  15. mikemx75
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    Anybody know the exact number of registered voters that were purged in Ohio? (deceased,inactive etc) Heard Karl Rove mention this again tonight but I don’t hear anybody else talking about it and its impact with Ohio likely final tally. The Demos were just a tad pissed from what I remember.

  16. spottedreptile
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    I agree with all the other encomiums. I have 25 feeds I check each day, and BW is the first and the last. Thank you Keith.

  17. Jan
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Seems 490.000 deceased voters and duplicate voters were removed from the voter rolls: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/05/ohios-early-absentee-ballot-requests-and-cleaned-up-voter-rolls-point-to-romney-blowout/2/

    • fab4gal
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink | Reply

      Half a MILLION dead people voting in one state?!?! I think I am going to throw up in pure disgust.

  18. Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have figured it out…Keith is ACTUALLY Nate Silver’s alter ego….this whole blog is his way of being right no matter which way the election goes. We are onto you Keith 🙂

    for the math geeks here Romney – 73% of the population came to see him Obama – 3%

    • AJ
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink | Reply

      hahaha. i like this theory.

  19. zang
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    Here are a list ohio polls covering this same week, 8 years ago today:

    Survey USA| 10/23-10/25
    831 LV
    3.5
    47
    50

    Kerry +3
    ARG | 10/23-10/25
    600 LV
    4.0
    47
    49

    Kerry +2
    LA Times | 10/22-10/26
    585 LV
    4.0
    44
    50

    Kerry +6
    Strategic Vision (R) | 10/22-24
    801 LV
    3.0
    47
    45

    Bush +2
    Rasmussen | 10/20-10/26
    537 LV
    4.0
    50
    46

    Bush +4
    Scripps | 10/17-10/21
    358 LV
    5.3
    46
    50

    Kerry +4
    Gallup | 10/17-10/20
    706 LV
    3.5
    47
    48
    1
    Kerry +1

    • EpiphoneKnight
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Is that good or bad for Mitt as the challenger? Both?

  20. EpiphoneKnight
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    Where’s Meat Loaf???????

  21. hoosierdad
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    I was there last night, and I can verify that it was packed — traffic was lined up on the way through town to the stadium, and it took 40 minutes to exit the parking lot after. And we’re from across the border in Indiana, but I wanted my kids to see the next president. I was about 200 feet from the lectern, and it was thrilling to see Mitt in person. He related a story about the importance of the American flag, and it was touching. Go vote!

  22. J.K. Freeman
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Stunning. (I’d like to see the figures for the people who were bussed into the Obama rally. I’m not being smug here, I’d really like to know this.)

  23. Diane Boyd-Lanker
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I moved from Defiance, Ohio 12 years ago. The town has apparently lost population because when we moved it was over 17,000. Making a big deal out of the fact the rally drew in 12,000 is a little absurd. If you take into account the populations of Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Wood, Williams, Paulding and Defiance Counties, there is a total population of nearly 845,000 people living within an hour or less of Defiance. I sincerely doubt that all of the people were from Defiance. The Romney camp has been trying to downplay the good things that the POTUS has done for Ohio. He has restored the economy in Ohio. The automotive industry is coming back. My understanding from some people that work at General Motors in Defiance is Mr. Romney’s people wanted to do a photo op at the plant, you know the tour and shaking peoples hands and act like they are listening to what the people are saying, and the GM people told him no thanks. So I happen to agree with the people at GM…No thanks Mr. Romney. You can pack your bags and go home.

    • Terry K
      Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’m from Defiance. Didn’t go. Everyone I knew that was going was more excited about the free concert. Not my kind of bands or I would’ve been there too.

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