Romney Campaign to Draw out Supporters at Valley Rally

Posted: Updated:

The Republican presidential campaign wants to be surrounded by thousands of supporters, just after the first debate Wednesday night.

Political observers say Thursday's rally in Augusta County should certainly fit the bill. Country music, fireworks and a deeply conservative crowd should create the ideal setting for Republican Mitt Romney to re-energize his campaign. That's according to a James Madison University political analyst, who says the Fishersville event is truly aimed at a national audience.

Crews are busy preparing Augusta Expoland for the Thursday evening rally with Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and country music star Trace Adkins. GOP reps tell us the event should motivate voters in the valley. But JMU analyst Bob Roberts says the campaign needs to draw at least 5,000 people to help create a national "bandwagon effect."

"They don't need it to turn out the vote in Augusta County. And then therefore, everyone in the world is asking, why come here? These people are going to vote 70 percent for you anyhow. It has nothing to do with Augusta County. It's a setting. It's a perfect backdrop for what they want to do the last three weeks," said Roberts.

Free tickets for the Thursday rally are available online, and at Republican offices in Staunton, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.

  • Most Popular Stories

    • VSP: Child Struck by SUV in Greene County

      Virginia State Police are investigating a crash in Greene County that sent a child to the hospital with serious injuries.

    • Love Thy Neighbor Community Kickball in Charlottesville

      Community Holds Kickball Tournament in Honor of Amanda Bates

      A kickball tournament in honor of an Albemarle County woman who police say died at the hands of her estranged fiancé brought hundreds of people to a Charlottesville park.

    • The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your

    • At Walnut Creek Park in Albemarle County

      Albemarle County Beaches Welcome Memorial Day Weekend Crowds

      Fun in the sun Saturday as dozens of people flocked to Albemarle County's three swimming beaches for the first open day of the season.

    • Bryan Silva Sentenced in Charlottesville Circuit Court

      The man who prompted an hours-long stand-off with Charlottesville police in January was sentenced on Tuesday.  

    • Charlottesville Not Renewing City Manager Maurice Jones' Contract

      Charlottesville City Council announces it will not renew City Manager Maurice Jones' contract when it expires in December.

    • Charlottesville Deputy Chief of Police Retires

      One of Charlottesville’s longest serving police officers is officially retiring after close to 40 years of service. Deputy Chief of Police Major Gary Pleasants celebrated his last day on the job with a retirement party at CitySpace Friday.

    • Friday's High School Region Playoff Sports Scores and Highlights

      William Monroe hosted the regional playoffs in boys and girls soccer, baseball and softball.

    • JMU Women's Lacrosse Tops UNC 15-12 to Advance to Championship Game

      With three players recording hat tricks, led by senior midfielder Haley Warden’s five goals, third-seeded James Madison advanced to its first national championship game with a 15-12 victory against second-seeded North Carolina in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinals on Friday evening at LaValle Stadium.

    • Car fire on Free Bridge in Albemarle County

      Car Catches Fire on Free Bridge

      A car caught fire Saturday afternoon along Route 250 in Albemarle County. Everyone got out OK, but the car is a total loss.