Despite bone-chilling cold weather, tens of thousands turned out to see Mitt Romney in person last night in Yardley, PA. The event required a ticket to get in and three hours before the gates opened, the local GOP organizers told TheBlaze that more than 35,000 had registered.
By 2pm, the parking lots were nearly full and more than 10,000 had assembled in front of the TSA staffed security check point.
At 3pm, following a Secret Service sweep of the venue, the crowds began to file into the open filed where a small stage and temporary stadium seating was assembled. The lines to get in, stretched more than a half mile.
The crowds just kept coming. The long line did not decrease in size over the next two hours. Soon, the entire space was filled with enthusiastic Romney supporters. Many brought signs stating their affiliations and reasons for standing with Romney – Ryan.
The place was jammed… front, back, sides… everywhere you looked, people were wedged into Shady Brook Farm.
Finally, at 6:45pm – The Romney campaign bus arrived.
The video below shows the energy from the crowd. The sound was a bit overwhelming for our little iPhone recording device.
The night ended with a spectacular fireworks show.
Most media estimates pegged the crowd at somewhere between 20-30,000. As someone who stood for over four hours and watched the massive throng gather, I can tell you with great confidence, the number was easily 30,000 and more likely to be 35,000 or more.