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Obama packs the crowd in Jax




Thousands of people are filling Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville in advance of Barack Obama's 2:30 p.m. appearance. A live ban plays tunes as a light breeze keeps the heat away. La.Trease Mallory, 36, showed up at 9 a.m. and still had to wait on a line hundreds of people long. "This is amazing," she said, finally inside the park at 1 p.m.

"Woooooweeee," Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, opened his warm-up speech. "Hold up your hands. Hold up your hands. Hold up your hands," he said. "This election is in your hands."

Organizers claim there are 12,000 people in the park, well beyond the 3,000 that showed up in Jacksonville Monday for John McCain. "I don't know that Northeast Florida has ever turned out like you have today," Sen. Bill Nelson said. The crowd responded, "Yes we can. Yes we can."


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:49am]


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