MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Dozens of slightly disgruntled potential Obama supporters were turned away Sunday morning at his first rally of the day.
At the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, crowds lined up and down the block as they filed through the lobby and to their seats. But capacity was set at 850.
"That's it. I'm sorry," said a woman with the theatre as she had to shut the doors.
"I can't believe we waited in line," one woman was heard saying.
Some decided to stay outside, citing Obama's campaign theme as the reason.
"Hope. We have hope," a man in an Obama hat said, laughing.
"We've come all the way from Cape Cod just for this event," another said. "And just because we got here a little late, we haven't given up hope."
Theatre staff told CNN 901 people were let in the building. The Obama campaign says 950.
Obama took the stage 35 minutes late. The campaign said the reason was a combination of their leaving the hotel ten minutes late and the fact that it was a "smaller venue."
UPDATE: Obama communications director Robert Gibbs told reporters that Obama stopped "to talk and shake hands" with a group of 30 to 50 people who were kept outside, but acknowledged that doing that is "not ideal."
"On one hand it’s a nice problem to have," Gibbs said. "But obviously we want to make sure that…as many people as possible that come are able to get in."
- CNN Political Producer Chris Welch