Local Politics

Obama tickets sell out within 2 hours

Posted August 18, 2008

— People lined up in downtown Raleigh Monday afternoon for free tickets to a speech by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

The senator is scheduled to talk about economic issues at the Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening.

Over 2,000 tickets were distributed Monday at campaign headquarters at 130 E. Morgan St. in Raleigh and at 215 E. Chatham St. in Cary, beginning at 5 p.m. The tickets were gone within two hours.

The Obama campaign has targeted North Carolina as one of seven Republican-leaning states that it believes it can pull into the Democratic column in November. The candidate has made nine campaign stops in North Carolina, most recently on June 9.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the GOP's presumptive nominee, has added a full paid staff in North Carolina, but is not running television ads yet.

McCain led Obama by four percentage points in a WRAL News poll released Friday. That lead was extended from one point a month earlier.

The Democratic National Convention opens in Denver next Monday. The GOP convention begins Sept. 1.


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  • reb in NC Aug 18, 2008

    I see a lot of nervous comments here..But I don't care 'cuz I AM GOING with a bunch of friends with tickets! See ya!

  • WWJGD Aug 18, 2008


    Seriously? Did you even click on the article? It says in the first sentence that the tickets were free.

  • rayzer Aug 18, 2008

    Yet another blatant example of the MSM outright supporting the Obama campaign. Before the title of this article has any validity at all it needs to be reported what the ticket price was for this event. Anybody wanna bet it will get reported?

  • WWJGD Aug 18, 2008

    Whatever. Hannah Montana sells out shows in under 10 minutes.

  • rayzer Aug 18, 2008

    CHANGE..... because that is all you will have left when I am done.

  • parr4246 Aug 18, 2008

    Aren't the headlines wrong "Obama tickets sell out"........?? Weren't the tickets given out for FREE ????????

  • whatusay Aug 18, 2008

    Only people who have given up on life will vote for Obama. He preaches doom and gloom. Nothing he says shows this nation improving under his changes. More taxes, more unemployment, more welfare, higher gas prices.

  • dronion99 Aug 18, 2008

    Tickets sell out ?? I thought they were free.

  • input Aug 18, 2008

    The news makes it sound like everyone was standing in line to buy tickets. Give me a break, they were free.

  • Fun Aug 18, 2008

    Lets list some of the accomplishments of the democrats over the last 40 years or so, which they have mostly been in control by majority in congress. No refinerys built, no effective solar or wind, medicare is broke, social security is broke..all these GREAT SOCIAL PROGRAMS creating debit and free loader society. The demise of the family through welfare, more babies more payments. What are we paying now 800 bucks a month per child? It's become a lifestyle democrats. Lets not let the Republicans off either....though I am one- politician are about them, not you and me. Dems critize big oil, they make too much money, $1400 dollars a second. Yet they fail to tell you they pay $4000 a second in taxes! What governments is LESS money and what the people need is LESS government.