30,000 for Romney-Ryan Rally in West Chester, Ohio

This is going to be a big one.  Will try to post photos and info as I can. This is how it starts, we’ll see what shows up as the night progresses and we get official estimates.  For a 360 degree view compliments of Mark Halperin, click here. Video of the crowd as far as the eye can see.

Line of the night:


  1. Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That rally was amazing! Watched it on C-Span. A huge morale boost for me. I too loved Romney’s line about voting for love of country instead of revenge. I can’t believe Obama actually said that.

    • TheTorch
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Apparently it was off teleprompter. LOL

  2. Buckeye Bob
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I voted early today in Butler County, the same county Romney appeared with the enormous crowd earlier this evening. Butler County is a conservative county, and the line was long at the Elections Office. Early voting will continue during the weekend, and one worker said they expect big crowds until Monday, when early voting ends. The enthusiasm is real–hats off to Obama for being 1/2 of the enthusiasm equation and the other 1/2 for Romney being the non-McCain (although frankly after the bank meltdown in 2008, I’m not sure Reagan could have prevailed against the headwinds with the “R” next to his name). I have doubts about Romney not borrowing money to fund ads earlier here, as I still worry about the 3 months of harsh negative ads by the Obama crew with their lingering impact on the electorate. Nonetheless, although anecdotal only, it sures looks as though the Ohio enthusiasm is with Romney. Will it equate to a victory here? I am still worried about the votes banked by Obama because of the harsh, negative ads. Hopefully, Tuesday will settle those fears as being unfounded. Keith, thanks for the great site.

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:30 am | Permalink | Reply

      Whenever I hear, read about lines, long lines at election stations I immediately think of this the following thought. Voters, people, do not wait in lines to vote the status quo. I don’t know whom credit for idea, but I like it. For once, it’s nice to hear something without having to joust with data, models, equations etc. The observation is empirically based, simple and I like it. Ohio, you guys/girls for God’s sake watch those e voting machines. I’ve heard people say that they will try to take a picture of the e vote ,achine confirmation screen. Don’t know if it will work.

      • Svigor
        Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

        Eventually technology will be brought to bear on voting. Biometrics, etc. Just spitballing, but a video recording might be a good idea: face the camera, say who you’re voting for, then a camera records your interactions with the machine.

        Something. This paper vote fraud thing needs to die. It’s so 1860.

  3. No Tribe
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    After tonights big joint rally, here’s Romney’s final schedule. He can’t fit in anything else, can he? Added an additional VA stop on the 4th, and an additional FL stop on the 5th since yesterday.

    Mitt Romney:

    Saturday, November 3, 2012
    Newington, New Hampshire
    Dubuque, Iowa
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Englewood, Colorado

    Sunday, November 4, 2012
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Morrisville, Pennsylvania
    Newport News, Virginia

    Monday, November 5, 2012
    Sanford, Florida
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    Fairfax, Virginia
    Columbus, Ohio
    Manchester, New Hampshire

  4. O'Babye
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How many did o’downer have in Hilliard? I tried to watch it but he makes me vomit.

    • stephanie
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Obama had 2,800 people at his Hilliard, OH rally.

      • tay
        Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

        H.Post also said 2,800 but seemed a lot smaller. Lot of security, staff and press.

      • Freddie
        Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        Did they have to bring in Springsteen to get “2,800?” How many were union workers? O goons bused in.

  5. Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Coming to the end of a long journey for me. I turned 18 in 1996 and registered to vote as quickly as I could and voted in my first Presidential election. I voted for Perot and got that “both parties are the same” bug pretty quickly. I changed my registration from GOP to NPA (No Party Affiliation) here in Florida the next year, but I was conservative and leaned Republican. I proudly voted for Jeb Bush in 1998 and went to see George W. Bush in 2000 during the campaign. But NPA I remained because I still wasn’t satisfied with the system. I stayed involved and would volunteer and work with the GOP to help elect people, but there was always the unease of re-embracing the party system.

    As we came to the end of Bush’s term and I began to think about who was out there and where we were going, I was very troubled. I had hoped Bush could re-ignite the Reagan revolution and scale back government, but instead we ended up with No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D. I don’t want it to sound like I think Bush was a bad President or anything – he wasn’t, but he also was not someone who really changed things. I appreciated all the work he did to keep us safe and I thank God to this day he was the man in the office on 9/11.

    But in 2007 I sat in front of my computer and watched Reagan speaking, trembling and fearful that so much was slipping away. I was at the point of tears at times, praying for guidance and looking for that leader that could inspire and put the best of America on display for all of us to see. Someone who could bring people together and re-ignite our spirit. It was then I heard a name. It was then I began to read. It was then that I decided that it was time to go back to being an official Republican because I wanted a voice in the primary and I felt the best way to work for change was to change my party, to make sure we got back to being Reagan Republicans.

    I went all-in for this guy named Mitt Romney. And, looking back, I’m glad that he didn’t pull it off back then. The tide of hopenchange was too much to turn back. As we approached 2008 I wondered if I still felt that way about Romney. The campaign began and I found that I did, though there were many other very worthy candidates and I looked at all of them. I always felt there was so much more to Romney and that people would see it if he could just be himself.

    All throughout the summer I told people that the time was coming, that they would be very happy he was our nominee when the time came. Once we got the fall, they would know.

    We know what happened. We saw that debate and we have since seen Romney on display.

    Back in 2007, I prayed and hoped for someone who could inspire and lead. Reagan helped us to believe in ourselves again. He re-invigorated America with his belief in her values and her people. When I read up on Romney, read what he had written, and watched speeches he had made, I was convinced that he had that same spirit. Ronald Reagan was great for many reasons, but he was also our great cheerleader at a time when we doubted ourselves. He lifted us up when we needed it and the American people believed it because he clearly did. In Romney, I saw this same capacity. I saw a decency that puts on display so many American ideals. I saw skills to lead without the need for credit, but with the desire to hear new ideas and try new things. Romney exemplifies the leadership of Lincoln’s team of rivals philosophy so much more than Obama ever did.

    And tonight, hearing Romney, I was reminded of all the reasons why I have been a big believer in Mitt. I believe in Mitt Romney because he believes in us. I believe in Mitt Romney because he always finds a way to get it done. We need a leader, we need a cheerleader, we need an executive, and we need a believer. Finally so many of my fellow Americans can see what I’ve seen for a long time and I am so excited by the possibilities that can open up, not because Romney himself makes those things happen, but because he understands the need to clear the path for us to chase our dreams and cheer us on while we do it.

    • Ken in Bama
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:16 am | Permalink | Reply

      Well put Jeff.

    • Heather
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink | Reply

      Jeff, I was all in for Romney in 2008 and was so, so disappointed when he dropped out of the primaries leaving the nomination open for McCain. I think you’re right though, that had he been our nominee, he would have just been overtaken by the tsunami that was Obama that year. I have been telling everyone I know ever since that this man just had to be our nominee this year. I had famliy members who were big time Santorum folks and couldn’t bear him losing to Romney this year but I kept telling them: Just wait–you’ll see. Sure enough, now they do.

      I guess my enthusiasm started when I happened to be living in Utah during the time he rode in on his white horse and saved the Olympics which were a mess before he arrived. He not only turned them around and put on a great Olympic games just five short months after 9/11, he also left the first surplus in Olympics history which funds the ongoing management ot those venues to this day–look it up, it’s called Utah Legacy Fund or something close to that. Anyway, he was well liked in Utah and he and his lovely wife were great neighbors and fine people. They cared about the community even though they were only temporarily there.

      My Santorum fan relatives are now totally in for Romney and not just because he’s the anti-Obama. They’ve come to see, as so many are seeing, just what you and I saw all along. I truly enjoyed your post. You express yourself beautifully. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face and for stating my thoughts better than I could myself!

      Heather (from that other swing state–Virginia)

    • Jennifer
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink | Reply

      Great post, Jeff. I, too, have several times been hit with an eerie sensation that I am listening to Reagan. 🙂 I didn’t want Romney; I didn’t think he was “flashy” enough to beat Obama, and I was mad about Romneycare and his part in Obamacare.

      But I keep thinking about our late senator, Paul Coverdell, here in Georgia. He beat the “true conservative,” Ralph Hudgens, in the 1992 primary, and we were all devastated. But with the election of Bill Clinton, we were thankful for Coverdell to finally win in a run-off. And guess what? He was one of the best senators this state has ever had. He was a business man, and so experienced. He did everything we wanted him to do, and won our hearts. I don’t believe that Ralph Hudgens would have been half the senator that Coverdell turned out to be. When he died in 2000 of a brain hemorrhage, we were distraught. Neither of our current Republican senators are worth a plugged nickel.

      We couldn’t have been more wrong about Coverdell, and I think I couldn’t have been more wrong about Romney. Although I don’t think he is a “true conservative,” he is very experienced and capable, a man of integrity, and I think he will do an outstanding job.

      May God have mercy on our country.

    • Fred S
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink | Reply

      Jeff, great post that says it all. I am a moderate Democrat living in NYC and I too have been inspired by Romney. His speeches just get better and better. I just can’t imagine that the undecided will break heavily for him in these last few days. His message is so positive and uplifting, while Obama’s becomes more petty and nasty. Can you imagine him imploring people to vote for “revenge”. How low can you go.
      Seeing the death, destruction and human misery that Sandy has inflicted on my home town, I am looking for someone who has a positive vision for the future.

  6. Ben
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obamas crowd in hilard is pathetic. You can hear people in the crowd. CSPAN

    • Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Looks like the bleachers right behind him didn’t even fill up.

      • Ben
        Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        From the look of the crowds I may put the house on intrade and buy a coal mine with my winnings. Obama just shook hands with everyone at his rally in six minutes. Nice personal touch.

      • stephanie
        Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        According to the fire marshal, crowd size for o hillard,oh rally was 2,800.

      • Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

        And this is near Columbus in a county with about 1.3 million people living in it.

    • CW
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink | Reply

      It is about 20 minutes from my house. The crowd size can be a little misleading. Bush had the largest turnout ever for a rally there in 2004 (55,00) and Palin drew 30,00 for a rally there in the last election. It is the most conservative area of the state. It is Boehner’s home district. All of those votes were won long ago. Personally I think he would have gained much more attention from this visit after the first debate when momentum was in the headlines. Romney wins debate, 30,000 show up for rally.

  7. NHConservative
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Karl Rove was just on Hannity and says the Obama is down well over 100K votes as to where he was at this point in 2008 and Romney has a net gain of 100k or so from McCain. He netted it out as a 263K swing and Obama won the state by a 262K vote. As long as the GOP’s turns out on Election Day, as they usually do,d Ohio is traditionally a GOP state (voted for 4 Dem Presidents ever?), a strong heavy GOP state legislation, and Obama enthusiasm way down, I’m liking our chances.

    • Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Let’s see. The Democratic Party really began with Andrew Jackson. We could count him as an old Democratic-Republican (originally just Jeffersonian Republicans), but I’d say he was the first Democrat. Ohio voted for Jackson, Cass, and Pierce. This was all during a period before the GOP existed. But Ohio went for Fremont when he was the first member of the Republican Party to run for office and, of course, went for Lincoln. So much of this is due to Ohio’s role in the abolition of slavery. I’m very proud that Oberlin in my home county of Lorain was a center for the abolition movement. Oberlin College was also the firs co-ed school of higher learning in the nation and the first college to admit blacks.

      So, since the GOP became a national player, Ohio first went for a Democrat with Wilson in 1912, though this was an exceptional circumstance with TR and Taft dividing the GOP vote. However that vote was confirmed in 1916 with a second vote for Wilson. It went for FDR in three out of his four elections, changing in 1944 to support Dewey. Went for Truman in 1948 and would not go Democrat again until 1964 when most states went for Johnson. Carter in 1976. Clinton both times and then Obama.

      So Ohio has gone Democrat, but it generally goes for Republicans. It went Bush twice. I think it likely would have gone Bush in 1992 without Perot on the ticket. Yet in tight elections of the last 50 years, it has favored Republicans and it tends to break against unsuccessful incumbents.

      • Freddie
        Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

        Anyone know the last race when the race winner won the Presidential election but lost Florida? Obama is NOT going to win Florida.

        the other weird state is every election since 1860 on the 6th on Nov was won by a Repub

  8. TheTorch
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome! 360 degree of Rally!

  9. mchlgregg
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on Michael Gregg.

  10. jvnvch
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Romney was on his game at the West Chester rally. Very impressive.

  11. David
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    NoTribe, are you surprised Romney is not going back to Wisconsin these next few days? Thanks

    • Matt
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, he should be hammering Wisconsin if he really wants to win it. It’s up for grabs, but he’s going to lose it because Obomb is there today, tomorrow and Monday for a rally with the boss.

  12. Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Michael Barone stated that because they do not mix in such circles, the media failed to pick up the rural Ohio wave that carried Bush to victory in 2004. That is very true. For those who do not remember, Kerry was over 90% on intrade all day, Bob Shrum addressed Kerry as “Mr. President” on their way to dinner that evening, young Dem staffers were blowing up their Blackberries trying to get priority on decent beltway condo all day long and the exit polls showed Kerry winning Ohio. Bush won by 119,000.

    Anyone who watched that 30,000 rally tonight and the pathetic 2800 rally Obama had earlier can see it coming.

    • damien
      Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

      ive had romney at 52-47-1 for months…so ive seen it coming for months…no dem plus 8 samples can sway me…romney at least 279 evs

  13. A@Upstate NY
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is a great site. Thanks Keith for all of your efforts and the comments are great too! Stumbled on this site about a week ago and have been on numerous times since. Just watched Mitts Ohio rally….awesome crowd. Then fast forwarded through our fearless leaders Ohio rally (so I would not have to listen) just to get an idea of crowd size and it was ridiculous. No wide angle shots for obvious reasons and I think we had more people at my daughters high school concert last night (and they were much better to listen to as well),

  14. Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wasn’t there a free Kid Rock concert right before the rally?

  15. TTK
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    From some of the pictures that I’ve seen, I would put the crowd size at 40,000:

    >> Picture posted on Twitchy.com: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/02/team-obama-claims-romney-losing-ugly-at-huge-ohio-rally-liberal-media-tired-and-cranky/

    >> Also, another picture posted on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jerruh/status/264497816938889217/photo/1

  16. C Smith
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    Speaking of Battleground Watch:

    There was a day when General Sam Houston “ordered” that the Alamo Mission be set to the torch. Yet the remnant of the “First Company of Texas Volunteers” under an azure blue flag emblazoned with the words “God and Liberty” would not “STAND DOWN.” In the days that followed 26-year-old Lt. Col. William Barret Travis with a nondescript contingency of 20 Army Regulars, cast his lot with those preferring to “die in these ditches than give up to the enemy.”

    On February 24, 1836, William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt. of the Alamo mission pleads:

    “To the People of Texas and All Americans in the world”

    “I am besieged, by a thousand…. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword…. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid…. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country − Victory or Death.”
    P.S. The Lord is on our side….

    On March 3, 1836 in his final communiqué, Travis writes “… if my countrymen do not rally to my relief, I am determined to perish in the defense of this place, and my bones shall reproach my country for her neglect…. All the citizens of this place that have not joined us are with the enemy fighting against us. Let the government declare them public enemies….”

    On September 11, 2012 retired U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer Tyrone Woods like Lt. Col Travis in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, came to the aid of his compatriots in the Benghazi mission. He would not “STAND DOWN.” When his countrymen would not rally to his relief, he perished, his bones reproaching his country for her neglect.

    The words and the acts of the righteous have a legacy:

    At dawn on the first of March, responding to Travis’ plea, Lt. George C. Kimble with his “Immortal 32” fought their way into the beleaguered mission, never to leave. Unbeknown to the besieged defenders, that night in Washington-on-the-Brazos, delegates were frantically preparing the final draft of The Texas Declaration of Independence. The following day declared, “Here a Nation was born.” Four days later at dawn, the Alamo’s defenders ratified it with their blood.

    Within four fortnights, the Texan militia came to the aid of their “fallen” brethren charging Santa Anna’s far superior forces, to the rallying cry “Remember the Alamo!” The slaughter that hardly lasted twenty minutes was “frightful to behold”, an overwhelming defeat for the merciless Santa Anna who was later found cowering among the multitude of prisoners. That evening peace had come to the commonwealth of Texas.
    What is the legacy of Benghazi? As coming days threaten the “Death” of America, will we “STAND DOWN” or shout the rallying cry “Remember Benghazi”? Taking no prisoners of those who make “lies” their refuge, and by their “silence” make a prisoner of Truth? There is but one choice that honor demands, Truth!
    “Victory or Death.”

    • Svigor
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Santa Anna got off easy. He was a butcher and a bumbler to boot. I would’ve executed him on the spot if it were my decision.

  17. bks
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 2:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    “The campaign announced that 30,000 people attended, but Secret Service sources said just 15,000 went through metal detectors. And local law enforcement counted the crowd at 18,000.”



    • Bob San Diego
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 2:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      How many people did the Obama campaign announce at their coffee klatch in Columbus this morning?

    • Bob San Diego
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, Hilliard, I guess it was.

    • Mike
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink | Reply

      People do not worry about bks, he is just a pay troll……

      • eagle545
        Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        It seems as if you are corect. Imagine citing as a legitimate source Politico?

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink | Reply

      I was at the rally, and I can explain the difference in figures.The lines to go through TSA security were extremely large because of the massive crowd. Some of us gave up on being able to get through security in time to hear all of the speeches and went to what they called an overflow area. It was behind some metal barriers, and guarded so we couldn’t get into the stadium, but we could still see everything. It was a large, bare field behind the Romney white flag. None of us over there went through security, and it was a really big crowd. We were surrounded on three sides by a line of trailers from big rigs that were end to end in a huge semi-circle.

    • Angelina Joseph
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink | Reply

      From Barrak’s secret service sources and politicos law enforcements. Get out of here.

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink | Reply

      Why should anything from Politico be believed and since when does the Secret service hand out crowd size?

    • Svigor
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

      You guys are being to hard on bks. He’s practically broadcasting fear, and you guys knock him for it?

      Thanks bks!

  18. Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink | Reply

    Obama had crows in Ohio of

    ‘2,800 supporters turned out to see Obama in Hilliard, Ohio this morning.
    4,000 turned out to see Obama in Springfield, Ohio this afternoon.
    3,800 supporters turned out to see Barack Obama at his final campaign stop today in Lima, Ohio.’


    ‘2,600 in Green Bay; 4,500 in Las Vegas’


    • Angelina Joseph
      Posted November 3, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink | Reply

      Most of Barrak’s crowd are paid guests.

  19. Zoe
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Cannot wait to see Romney/Ryan in Columbus on Monday evening. Marshall Tucker Band will be there also! This is becoming so exciting.

    Circleville, Ohio for Romney/Ryan 2012!

  20. David Weed
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It does seem that the numbers have been inflated. It was an impressive event, to be sure, but apparently the “30,000” number is inaccurate. YAHOO low-balls the numbers at “over 10,000”. Other new organizations report that “15,000 people went through the metal detectors”, while “local law enforcement estimate the crowd at 18,000”

  21. Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    30,000 for Romney-Ryan Rally in West Chester, Ohio… Great

  22. LAPhil
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just when it seemed Romney was about to cruise to victory, now it seems Obama’s getting the momentum back, and I can’t imagine why. The latest Rasmussen poll shows the race tied nationwide and in Ohio. I just hope it swings back to where it was before the hurricane.

  23. Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on Screenshots.

  24. Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    I wonder how many were there to see Kid Rock for free.

    • Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink | Reply

      lol. Welcome Carloz. You’re trolling will be fun while it lasts. Bruce Springsteen says hello btw

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