Palin Remains Big Draw in Va.
For the third time in six weeks, the McCain campaign has to adjust where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds a rally in Virginia because she is proving to be such a big draw.
The campaign announced today that Palin's visit Monday to Salem, located near Roanoke, is being moved from the city's civic center to the Salem Football Field to accommodate the expected crowd. Gail Gitcho, a McCain spokeswoman, said there has been "overwhelming response" for tickets for the event.
Two weeks ago, a Palin rally in Richmond had to be relocated to the parking lot of the Richmond Motor Speedway because of demand to see her. And in early September, a McCain-Palin rally in Fairfax City scheduled for a high school gymnasium had to be moved to a city park after all the tickets were snatched up in hours.
Although many Democrats believe Palin is one reason Democrat Barack Obama appears headed for a huge showing in Northern Virginia, she has higher favorable ratings in Virginia then she does nationwide.
In a Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll conducted Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 51 percent of voters nationwide said they have a negative impression of her. But a Mason-Dixon Virginia poll conducted earlier in the week showed just 39 percent of Virginians held a negative view of Palin.
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