November 3rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain draws small Florida crowd on race’s final day

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TAMPA, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama may lead John McCain by just 2 points in the latest CNN Florida poll of polls, but the enthusiasm gap appears a bit wider.

John McCain’s first rally of the day, in Tampa outside Raymond James Stadium, only drew about 1,100 people. Local reporters noting that at almost the same spot just before the 2004 election, President Bush drew about 15,000 people. Two weeks ago, Obama drew an estimated 8,000.

Republican Gov. Crist, who had previously agreed to do interviews with CNN and various local affiliates, bolted right after the rally with no explanation.


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Betty, Virginia

    Not to worry CNN, Gov Crist had to suspend his campaign...

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Amir

    After getting the endorsement from Chenny what is left for Mr. McSame?

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. katiec

    The republicans have turned off us Americans with their lies,
    distortions, attacks and instigating hate, anger, unrest and
    division of country at their rallies.
    We cannot allow people who have no honor, integrity and
    scruples to lead our country.
    Barack Obama and Joe Biden 08.
    It is the survival of our country!!

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. edd

    Of course he drew a small crowd. It's over for him.

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. ANGIE

    Mccain tell sara to release her Medical records we want to know what shes hiding!

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Onlooker

    Most of those were probably the workers at the stadium.

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Jeremy - Columbus, OH

    The governor bolted, hah that's funny. Everyone is running away from McCrazy and Moose Hunter.

    November 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Ken

    It tough to find a large crowd of neo-tards that still want to come out and actually advertise they are for a LOSER! Many of the hard-core kool-aid drinkers on the [R]ight apparently have some sense that their fear-and-smear-mongering has been contemptable. Its likely they don't want to appear as complete kooks to their neighbors.

    November 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. jaye

    Maybe people are finally sick of his vulgar campaign and of the lies he's saying on the campaign trail.
    Something else to consider – If McCain wins this election it means George Bush is vindicated.

    November 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Kathy in Florida

    McSenile has been too negative. Florida is voting for Obama. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

    November 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Hard Working American for McCain

    Tomorrow will be your day John McCain. Tomorrow we can make a statement to the dems and send them back to their country.

    November 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Charlie is no fool. He does not want to get tarred with the same stick. He has probaly already said too much in support of the fool.

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. cnn junkie

    oh,oh obama got 80000 in cleveland.

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Doug

    What a little sad man you are, senator McCain.

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. GA Independent

    So Biden can bring in 4,500 in little Gainesville and McPain can only draw 1,100 in Tampa, one of the biggest cities in the state?

    Better make some plans for Tuesday night senator that includes crying in your beer.

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Time's UP!

    Why hasn't the 26 year seating senator American 'Hero' POW Songbird Klan rally leader closed the deal? They're running around asking why hasn't Obama closed the deal!

    HE WILL TOMORROW.

    The REAL QUESTION IS WHY HASN'T MCGIMMICK CLOSED THE DEAL IN RED STATES?

    What's WRONG with John McGimmick?

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. zionvier

    I think we are all just getting tired of hearing the same speeches at every rally. With the wide use of video on the internet now, we've learned that every rally (by either McCain or Obama) is the same speech no matter what state they are in.

    I watch the rally's for both parties online while at work (shhhhh) and went to an Obama speech here in Denver. It was the same thing I heard for the past two weeks.

    Plus, this has been going on for SOOOOO long, we're all just ready to vote and move forwards as a country.

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Good!.............We are sickkkkkkk of you and Palin!

    By the way,....... where are her medical records?

    Liars!

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Party Crasher

    I guess everyone else in the area are at the polls

    November 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. bill

    Mcain makes first campaign stop in florida...draws 1100....Obama campaigning there as well...toa record crowd. Can you see where i'm going wit this...in the final stretch!

    November 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Florida Woman

    Please stay in line and VOTE!!! We can not afford 4 more years of the same economic policy's. I WAS a Regan Republican but I VOTED for
    Obama/Biden, the negative attacks by the Rebuplicans and NEVER telling us WHAT it was they were going to do or better yet HOW they were going to do it just PUSH me to the other side. Then there was the Choice by Mc Cain of the completely unqualified Sarah Palin, Country First My A.....! Today I sent in my change form to become a Democrat....The base GOP= Goofy ODD People

    November 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. El

    I'm voting McCain, all my family is voting McCain, and all my friends are voting McCain. It's my right. You want to vote for Obama go ahead. But every over zealous jerk who wants to paint the other side as wrong because they don't choose your candidate doesn't understand the very Constitution one of those men will swear to protect and defend. McCain may lose, but I will have voted as I believe and THAT is what the United States are about.

    November 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. McCain is too old

    Rats jumping off a sinking ship. Too precious.

    November 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Michael watching from Canada

    Can America take the risk of having Sarah Palin becoming President if (Heaven forbid) something should happen to McCain?

    Please vote for change, hope, unity and a better world.....vote Obama.

    November 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Time's UP!

    Why hasn't the 26 year seating senator American 'Hero' POW Songbird closed the deal? They're running around asking why hasn't Obama closed the deal!

    The REAL QUESTION IS WHY HASN'T MCGIMMICK CLOSED THE DEAL IN RED STATES?

    What's WRONG with John McGimmick?

    November 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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