Palimania Spreads– 10,000 Show Up For 3,500 Seats in Carson City

Governor Sarah Palin bid farewell to Alaska today…

Then it was off to Nevada for one of her first solo campaign appearances.

The People of Nevada Were Psyched to see Sarah–
A swarm of Palin fans hoping for tickets shut down the Nevada GOP website on Friday:

Rick Gorka, U.S. Sen. John McCain’s Nevada spokesman, said Palin’s visit has generated so much excitement that people attempting to register for her speech caused a momentary failure of the campaign’s RSVP Web site. The speech is expected to draw supporters and media alike to one of Palin’s first solo campaign appearances.

Gorka estimated between 1,500 to 2,000 people will attend.

There seems to be a lot of this lately…

Laura Tracy, a 27-year-old single Yerington woman and self-professed turkey hunter, said she loved the fact that Republican Vice-presidentlial candidate Sarah Palin was a hunter. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Maybe Laura’s part of the growing Annie Oakley movement?

10,000 supporters showed up to see Governor Palin though only 3,500 will be let in the event!
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported:

An estimated 10,000 people were waiting at the Pony Express Pavilion in Carson City to see Palin at 6 p.m., according to Carson City Sheriff’s Office estimates.

However, only 3,500 will be let in to see Palin speak in her first Nevada campaign stop.

The rest had to watch on screens set up outside the pavilion.
The AP had a slightly different story.

UPDATE: Colorado’s 9News reported on the Sarah Palin and Barack Obama campaign events in Golden:

Obama is set to be at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden at the Lockridge Arena. The doors open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets will be available Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m until 8 p.m. at several campaign offices.

People can get tickets at the Lakewood office at 9797 West Colfax Avenue, the Morrison office at 19423 North Turkey Creek Road Suite 1, the Arvada office at 7402 West 57th Avenue and the Golden office at 710 Golden Ridge Road…

Palin will be at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden on Monday morning. That event begins at 9 a.m. There are no tickets remaining.

UPDATE 2: Here’s more from someone who was at the event:

From what I saw there were AT LEAST 10,000 people there. I stood in line with my wife and 10-year old autistic son for about half an hour until one of the state party officials recognized me as (harrumph) a somewhat self-important party swell and let us in through the VIP entrance. That got us a little closer, but I’m still wondering how the passes for the bleachers were assigned.

Nevertheless, Sarah just blew everyone away and the enthusiasm I saw there will certainly be enough to keep Nevada red this year.

Maverick/Barracuda ’08!

Howard Hirsch
Chairman, Lyon County Republican Central Committee
Dayton, Nevada

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