Last Monday, Americans finally got their chance to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the first of three, scheduled presidential debates.
That might have come as discouraging news for some Trump fans, but — judging from the two candidates’ rallies on Monday — it’s much too soon to count the GOP nominee out yet:
— Alex ?? (@SoCal4Trump) October 4, 2016
Trump’s rally at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado, reportedly drew the biggest crowd the venue had ever seen:
— Pugs for Trump (@PugsForTrump) October 4, 2016
More than 8,000 people packed in to the Center to see the candidate:
— ???Deplorable Deputy??? (@chascar731) October 4, 2016
While outside, lines of supporters snaked around the building:
Very, very long line outside Loveland Trump campaign rally pic.twitter.com/aypKggyoxq
— Chris Snyder (@ChrisSnyderFox) October 3, 2016
Another 2,000 Trump supporters packed into the overflow area, with event staff confirming a total crowd of about 10,000:
Trump Rally Overflow is Massive! Loveland, CO https://t.co/3Gdq7JvAsH
— Sally Smart (@SallySmart90) October 4, 2016
At practically the same time, Hillary Clinton held a rally of her own in Akron in the battleground state of Ohio.
Despite the fact that she was fresh off an endorsement from Akron-born NBA superstar LeBron James, Clinton’s rally seems to have been met with much less enthusiasm:
She reportedly ended up drawing a crowd of about 2,600:
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 3, 2016
The enthusiasm level behind the scenes seemed to be about the same.
The New York Times’ Amy Chozick posted this photo of the press area at Clinton’s rally:
I'm old enough to remember when reporters chased after Clinton's van & crammed into her events. Today's press file: pic.twitter.com/zsSShYi2J8
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) October 3, 2016
With one of the most heated election cycles in recent memory headed into the final stretch, both Clinton and Trump are surely going to be pulling out all the stops to reach voters.
On Tuesday, voters will get a chance to see how the parties’ two vice presidential nominees stack up against one another, followed just days later by Sunday’s second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis.