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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited the Land of Lincoln yesterday where he set a record attendance number during a rally held in the Prairie State Capital Convention Center in Springfield:
Brian Oaks, general manager of the PCCC, said 10,200 people packed the center. Trump referenced the big crowd by saying he was more popular than Elton John, who drew 8,700 to the convention center in 1999. The largest previous crowd was drawn by Christian inspirational speaker Beth Moore, who drew 8,750 people there on a day in 2009 [more].
Yes, a politician speaking for an hour drew a larger crowd than an internationally famous musician. Whether it means anything or not, I do not know, but it is interesting to consider.
As a point of comparison, 15,000 people were present when then-Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the nation's highest office (the costs for which the Obama campaign still owed the state of Illinois $55,000 a year later, which I don't think has yet been paid). Again, whether it means anything or not, I do not know, but it is interesting to consider.