The alphabet liberal media are not and will not tell you this. But Governor Mitt Romney is drawing HUGE and energized crowds across America. In some cases, almost the entire town turned out to meet him.
Below is an Oct. 13, 2012 Associated Press report, via the UK’s Daily Mail, followed by photographic testimony of the crowds:
The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs.
Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 – almost half of this western Ohio town – gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender.
Romney’s debate performance against President Barack Obama last week – and his energetic appearances following it up – have fueled a rise in enthusiasm on the campaign trail. Whether or not it will translate into votes, polls do suggest that Republicans are fired up. It’s a welcome development for the Republican businessman, who is hardly a natural politician and has long struggled to match Obama’s ability to inspire excitement.
‘Where else would we want to be?’ said one of the shivering faithful, Judy Cartwright, a 71-year-old nurse from Sidney. ‘I want to see the next president of the United States.’
In Virginia, for example, Republican leaning counties appear to be getting the fastest start on absentee voting ahead of Election Day. State Board of Elections data analyzed by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit and nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics, shows that of the 25 localities where absentee voting is busiest, 21 voted Republican in the 2008 presidential race. And of the 25 localities where absentee balloting is the slowest so far, 16 supported Obama.
Romney seems to be feeding off the energy pumping through his now-sprawling crowds, even as aides downplay the newfound momentum among the GOP base. ‘I’m overwhelmed by the number of people here,’ he exulted while scanning the sea of supporters packed beyond the fairgrounds fences here. ‘There are even people out there – that’s another county over there.’
Romney’s growing crowds come as new polls suggest he has erased Obama’s advantage in voter support nationally. Races have tightened in a handful of battleground states, too. [...] But recent polling suggests the ‘enthusiasm gap,’ long thought to lean toward Obama, has leveled off. [...]
For much of this year, Romney, the sometimes-stiff former businessman, has had a hard time generating the same electricity as Obama.
Indeed, most of the GOP’s most passionate voters did not back Romney during the extended Republican primary season. [...] Until this week.
He drew an estimated 12,000 people to a central Florida rally last weekend, 1,200 to an Iowa town of just 1,000, and several hundred more to Newport News, Va., under heavy October rain.
‘People wonder why it is I’m so confident we’re going to win. I’m confident because I see you here on a day like this. This is unbelievable,’ Romney said, his wet hair stuck to the side of his face.
Soaked supporters standing in muddy puddles cheered as he delivered an abridged version of his standard campaign speech. Some wore ponchos, while many others stood shivering and drenched, hands in pockets.
At the Shelby County Fairgrounds, Judy Cartwright was wearing four layers to try to keep warm as the cold wind pushed temperatures into the 30s Wednesday night. It was Shelby’s first glimpse of a presidential candidate since she met Harry Truman as an elementary school student more than six decades ago. ‘At least it’s not snowing,’ she said with a smile. ‘This is a chance of a lifetime.’
Romney campaign rally in Lancaster, Ohio, on Friday
Romney at a campaign event in Richmond, Virginia on Friday
Romney at a campaign rally at the U.S. Cellular Center on Thursday in Asheville, NC
Romney accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Ariel Corporation on Wednesday in Mount Vernon, Ohio
Romney greets supporters after speaking at a campaign stop at the Koch Family Farm on Tuesday in Van Meter, Iowa
Romney at a campaign rally on Monday in Newport News, VA
Romney at an outdoor rally in Newport News, VA on Monday
Godspeed, Governor Romney! May His Angels watch over, protect, and give you strength.