Pretty good-sized crowd, huh?
Trouble with judging how a campaign’s doing by the size of the crowds the candidate draws is that while you can count how many people showed up, you can’t count how many stayed home…or were off somewhere else being part of somebody else’s crowd.
George McGovern was drawing huge crowds on the eve of the election in 1972. And I remember John Kerry bringing out multitudes, especially when Bill Clinton campaigned with him.
There are a lot of Americans in American. You can get a large crowd of them to turn out for anything, if you know what you’re doing.
Kennedy lost Indiana to Nixon by 222,762 votes.