Largest Crowd Yet: 75,000 Rally in Portland, Oregon

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Sunday, May 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

from the Obama.com blog:

Largest Crowd Yet: 75,000 Rally in Portland
By Christopher Hass – May 18th, 2008 at 6:32 pm EDT

For hours now, we\’ve been seeing stories about the huge lines for today\’s outdoor rally at Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. It\’s now been confirmed that the actual crowd on hand topped 75,000 people (60,000 inside the gates of Waterfront Park, with another 15,000 outside). Here is what the largest crowd yet of this Presidential campaign looks like:

Over the past fifteen months, you\’ve helped us build an incredible movement unlike anything that has ever been seen before. But this is only the beginning. We still have a long road ahead and much work to do, but you can contribute now to help us seize this moment, and continue this momentum, all the way to November.

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from The FOX News Blog Spot

Obama Draws 75,000 in Portland

Shareby Bonney Kapp

At a rally today in sunny Portland, Barack Obama spoke to some 75,000 people, according to the campaign. The mammoth crowd stood on Waterfront Park in downtown Portland adjacent to the scenic Willamette River. People even came by boat and kayak to catch a glimpse of the likely Democratic nominee.

“Hello Portland! Wow. Wow. Wow,” he said as the crowd chanted “Obama!” Looking out at the seemingly never ending crowd, he said, “We have had a lot of rallies around the country. I think it is fair to say that this is the most spectacular setting for the most spectacular crowd that we have had in this entire campaign. This is unbelievable.” He added, “It doesn’t hurt that it’s a perfect day.”

Previously, Obama’s biggest crowd was the night before the Pennsylvania primary, when the candidate spoke to 35,000 on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. While he ended up losing that contest, Obama’s expected to win big here in Oregon on Tuesday.

Check out the size of the crowd here.

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