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Thursday, October 21, 2010

LIVE from the University of Washington: Hec Ed filled to capacity for Murray/Obama rally

All morning, people have been filing into the University of Washington's Hec Edmundson Pavilion, hoping to participate in the biggest event of Senator Patty Murray's 2010 reelection campaign: a rally with President Barack Obama.

As of 10:50 AM, the arena was filled to capacity, with not a seat left in the house (except for a few rows directly behind the press riser, which don't afford a view of the stage). The scene here is reminiscent of President Obama's big campaign rally at KeyArena in February 2008 (although there were more people at that rally, because KeyArena can hold more people).

I'm sure we're going to hear our lineup of speakers take an opportunity to scoff at the notion of an "enthusiasm gap". If the lines stretching around Hec Ed are any indication, Democrats — and particularly young people — are fired up and ready to go. Anyone who is outside the arena at this point isn't going to get in, and will be directed to the overflow viewing area.

Line outside Hec Edmundson Pavilion
That's likely to be a lot of people, because the line stretches all the way around Husky Stadium into a parking lot adjacent to the Montlake Cut. It was a least a mile long as I was making my way over to the press entrance.

There are at least five people here who aren't present to support Patty... I can count five young guys in blue and yellow Dino Rossi t-shirts. They're all sitting together in one of the upper rows.

The main program is due to begin in just a few minutes. I'll continue to post updates here and on our Twitter feed.


Blogger C-Dannil said...

I was there and it was fun. Pretty much what I expected. I did go home and vote. Just didn't vote for Patty. But it was still a fun event.

October 21, 2010 5:44 PM  

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