With barely two weeks until Election Day, it stands to reason that both the Clinton and Trump campaigns would be hitting the trail hard.
Unfortunately for Kaine, he may have walked away Monday afternoon feeling less than enthused. As The Week reported, it may well have qualified as “the saddest rally ever”:
Tens of supporters attend Tim Kaine rally in West Palm Beach, FL. pic.twitter.com/1Sk5cGbDw2
— John Gludovatz (@johngludovatz) October 25, 2016
Another local — who clearly identified as a Trump supporter — also took some footage of the Kaine rally, noting that there appeared to be “only about 30 people” in attendance:
— Florida Street Team ?? (@ppv_tahoe) October 24, 2016
To be sure, it also stands to reason that vice-presidential candidates traditionally don’t draw as large of a crowd as their presidential partners.
Nonetheless, the turnout at Trump running mate Mike Pence’s rally — held that same afternoon just a few states away in North Carolina — was considerably different:
— Jeremy G (@JeremyG_news) October 24, 2016
Speaking at Catawba College, Pence warned voters that their support would amount to more than just “a choice between two people”:
“This election really is about more than a choice between two people.
It’s really, in my book, a choice between two futures. So let me tell you where I stand. I choose a stronger America.”
— Michelle Moons (@MichelleDiana) October 24, 2016
Even if that number of 500 takes into account the seemingly common sight of protesters at the Pence rally — said to be about 50 — the difference in the two crowds is telling.
As to whether or not these huge crowds will amount to an equally large voter turnout for Trump on November 8th, only time will tell.