History was made in Harrisonburg, Va. today when Barack Obama became the first Democratic nominee for president to campaign there since Sen. Stephen Douglas lost to Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
Obama spoke to about 1,000 8,000 people at James Madison University. *
“There are a lot of important decisions to be made and no state is gonna be more important in this election than this state right here. The great state of Virginia.”
Obama leads McCain 54% to 44% in Virginia according to the last Washington Post poll.
In his remarks, Obama focused on healthcare.
* Revised and corrected crowd numbers from The Hotline and National Journal: “The campaign, citing university police, estimated some 8,000 people packed the gymnasium of this university in teh Shenandoah Valley, with another 12,000 reportedly outside the venue.”