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Obama-Oprah rally moved to football stadium

Oprah Winfrey's tour with Barack Obama is selling out quickly. The free tickets for the Columbia, South Carolina rally, originally scheduled for the 18,000-seat University of South Carolina basketball venue, but tickets were gone within two days for the December 9th event. Now it's being moved to Williams-Brice Stadium, where USC plays football.

This stadium holds over 80,000 for football, but for a political rally they can pack 'em in on the field, too, so the capacity should be over 90,000. Tickets will no longer be required. It's a gutsy call for the Obama campaign, since even if 35,000 people show up, the site will appear sparsely populated for the television shots.

If anyone can do it, though, it's Oprah. Her popularity cannot be overstated. Obama is likely to draw the largest political audience in this state ever, ensuring a couple days' worth of positive news coverage as the primary approaches. The weather is expected to be sunny and 70°, a beautiful day for an outdoor event, so it will be a positive factor. If they manage to come close to filling the place, it will probably headline the national news.

Hillary Clinton still leads in national polls and in South Carolina, but Obama is certainly gaining momentum at just the right time.

The Associated Press report on the event is here.


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Comments (6)

They are not coming to supp... (Below threshold)

They are not coming to support or even see Obama, so what is the point? Do you think his message will even be heard? ww

Yeah, are they even going t... (Below threshold)

Yeah, are they even going to let Obama speak? I can see it now, crowds chanting "Oprah! Oprah! Give us free cars, Oprah!" and she'll stand up and say, "hey, there are a lot of news crews here, try chanting 'Obama! Give us free health insurance!'" Glorious!

And, let me get this straight - it took 2 days to get rid of 18,000 FREE tickets? And they want to get 90,000? They'd better get Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi or something to open...

Better start busing in the ... (Below threshold)

Better start busing in the illegals to make it appear sold out.

What are they calling it? ... (Below threshold)

What are they calling it? Oprama?

I think Obama will pack the... (Below threshold)
Alan Herman:

I think Obama will pack the people in. It won't be a sell out and it is extremely risky but I think it will help Obama in SC. The MAIN problem is tv coverage! I do not see CSPAN coverin but only one hour in Iowa this weekend. With the importance of this move by Obama and Oprah, why is there not ample tv coverage of this historic political event?!!
And they call tv left wing? sheesh!

Soap. Toothpaste. Literacy.... (Below threshold)

Soap. Toothpaste. Literacy. Wingnut.

Some assembly required.






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