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Virginians Angling for Obama Tickets

The race for tickets to Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony has already overwhelmed the office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in Washington. Now, Virginians are getting into the act.

The Post's Tim Craig reports that as of this morning, Sen. James Webb's office had already fielded 15,000 requests for tickets. The problem? Webb expects to have only 500 tickets to distribute.

"Space is limited and we have an extensive waiting list, but we will do our best to accommodate as many Virginians as possible," said Jessica Smith, a Webb spokeswoman.

The Post's Avis Thomas-Lester reports that Norton is concerned that the number of people who want to participate in events on the mall will be overwhelming. She shared her concerns with Obama inauguration event planners, asking that they consider adding events at venues that will be easier for older people or those who can't get to the Mall to access.

"My recommendation is that we have outdoor and indoor events at off-mall sites," Norton said, such as close-to-the-Capitol locations like the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Verizon Center or RFK Stadium and FedEx Field or other nearby venues outside of the city.

By David A Nakamura  |  November 10, 2008; 5:52 PM ET  | Category:  Tickets
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