Obama attracts only 2,800 to 4,000 people in Ohio
Romney, Ryan rally draws 30,000 people even in bad weather
A rally for President Obama in the democratic stronghold of Cleveland turned out to be a major disappointment. In 2008, Obama in the same city drew crowds of 80,000 people. This past weekend, only 2,800 attended an Obama rally near Columbus, and only 4,000 attended the Cleveland rally. In contrast, 30,000 people showed up in the cold and rain in Cincinnati to see GOP contender Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
According to many polls, 30-40 percent of the American people have already voted. Hard counts comparing early voting in pro-Obama and pro-Romney counties show the GOP in much better shape than it was in 2008.
Some analysts wish to remind the electorate that Obama only won Ohio by 4.6 percent in 2008.
Many feel that the race is going to be close. In the waning days before the election on Tuesday, Romney took a final lap through Northeast Ohio, offering himself as a candidate who can deliver change faster than President Barack Obama.
"Talk is cheap," the Republican nominee said during an I-X Center rally. "But a record is real, and it's earned with real effort. Change is not measured in words you speak, change is measured in achievement.
"Four years ago, let's look at the promises the president made," Romney continued. "He promised to do so very much, but frankly he fell so very short."
On his lectern and behind him hung signs with the slogan "Real Change on Day One."
Warm-up acts included country musician Rodney Atkins and soul singer Sam Moore. Josh Mandel, the Republican state treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate, also spoke. Mandel, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown, appeared with his wife, Ilana.
Romney said Obama, who entered office with an Electoral College landslide and expectations of post-partisanship, has failed to compromise. The hope is these loyalists will sing his praises to disengaged friends and neighbors who might have supported Obama in 2008.
"These last few months we've had a campaign that's gathered the strength of a movement," Romney said. "I've noticed that in the size of the crowds. This is pretty darn impressive."
Earlier in the day, in nearby Lakewood, Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden went on the attack against Romney at a rally at the high school.
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