About an hour before the scheduled start of the event, the best standing room had already been gobbled.
Traffic builds on Interstate 64.
Fewer than 24 hours after what was widely hailed as a decisive victory over Barack Obama at a nationally televised debate, White House contender Mitt Romney rallied in Fishersville before a crowd his campaign reportedly estimated at 5,700. Aerial photographer Skip Degan witnessed massive traffic backups on nearby Interstate 64, and the Staunton News Leader reported an overflow crowd that included throngs of eager attendees peering through the chain-link fence at the October 4 event.
Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, who also appeared at the rally, reportedly arrived two days earlier at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport to spend time at Wintergreen Resort for some strategy sessions intended to ready the vice-presidential candidate for his own nationally televised debate on October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Citing a CNN poll of viewers who found 67 percent for Romney to 25 percent for Obama, UVA pundit Larry Sabato called the first presidential debate a "blowout." Virginia, however, remains an impediment to victory. One of the so-called "battleground states," Virginia offers 13 electoral votes, all of which will go to President Obama if pre-election polls prove accurate.