So, consider these two stories:
- Barack Obama, Bowling Green, 09/26/2012: “President Barack Obama urged more than 5,000 students and supporters at the Stroh Center Wednesday afternoon to register to vote and cast their ballots early as part of his tour of Ohio campuses weeks before election day.” (The BG News, “Obama speaks to crowd of more than 5,000 at Stroh Center”)
- Mitt Romney, Toledo, OH, 09/26/2012: “Lucas County Republican Party Chairman Jon Stainbrook estimated the crowd in the downtown convention center at just more than 4,000.” (The Toledo Blade, “Romney backers fill SeaGate Centre”)
Sounds like both candidates are out there, drawing reasonable crowds, filling their spaces: I think we can all agree that Barack is a run or two up – but that the two of them were in the same ballpark on Wednesday, right?
So why the heck did I have to look it up in local news to get the crowd sizes?
It just seems strange that this specific information was reported in the national news. Can’t figure out why it was like this…
Barack Obama, Columbus, OH, September 2, 2008: “Thousands of people jam packed a Columbus area suburb football stadium on Saturday afternoon. Dublin Coffman High School hosted the event. The Obama campaign sent an email to subscribers on Wednesday, August 27, advising Obama supporters of the rally. The event was announced as no ticket required, but requested an RSVP via the campaign’s official website. As of Friday night it was estimated that ten thousand people had sent a notice that they would be in attendance. The number of people responding after news of the visit was reported on local news stations increased to an expected twenty thousand.” (Yahoo News, “Obama Rallies Thousands at an Ohio High School Stadium”)
…Well. Maybe I can.