Denver (AP) Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama brought his campaign back to Colorado today for another rock-star reception, drawing an estimated 145,000 people at early voting rallies in Denver and Fort Collins.
In Denver, a crowd estimated at “well over” 100,000 people spilled out of Civic Center Park and is believed to have been the largest rally for Obama during the campaign. Supporters jammed side streets and even sat on the steps of the state capitol two blocks away, using binoculars and telephoto lenses to try to get a glimpse of the front-runner.
Not since Pope John Paul II filled the park in 1993 have so many people turned out for an event in Denver's Civic Center Park.
Later, about 45,000 people filled a lawn known as “The Oval” at Colorado State University to hear Obama speak. Thousands more stood on the outskirts.
Obama also made an unscheduled stop at a campaign office in Brighton, where he sat down and called about a dozen unsuspected registered voters.
Obama is trying to rally Colorado voters to get to the polls before Nov. 4 in his effort to win a state that twice sided with President Bush.