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Obama arrives in Toledo, staying through Wednesday

People waited in long lines on Saturday to get their hands on tickets to see Obama's Monday campaign rally at the Seagate Center. People waited in long lines on Saturday to get their hands on tickets to see Obama's Monday campaign rally at the Seagate Center.
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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, arrived in Toledo Sunday. He is staying in the area until Wednesday to prepare for his third and final debate with opponent John McCcain. Both campaigns have prepared for Obama's extended stay.

It's been a busy time at Obama headquarters. People waited in long lines on Saturday to get their hands on tickets to see Obama's Monday campaign rally at the SeaGate Center.

"I think its wonderful, that's why we're here, we heard about it one the news this morning, and we said, he's going to speak, we want to be there," says Obama supporter Judy Lanfrenchi.

But its not all about Obama. Volunteers at Toledo's McCain camp are dialing up support. They say a visit from Obama, is a boost for them too.

"It has a rallying effect for all of the republicans in northwest Ohio. We get more volunteers for people to go door to door, and people to come into the phone bank, and people who want their yard sign," says John Stainbrook of the Lucas County. Republican Party.

But counteracting the Obama excitement may be a lot of work for McCain supporters-

as Obama is expected to draw attention, for several days!

he will be in northwest Ohio from Sunday until Wednesday...

Making several undisclosed campaign stops, and preparing for his upcoming debate.

"That's unbelievable, he trusts Toledo, he sees something in Toledo," says Obama campaign volunteer Willie Barnes.

"It's fantastic, I'm glad he's focusing on Ohio, because it's a swing state," says Obama supporter Nick Messenger.


Obama will hold a Monday rally at 1:30 at the SeaGate Center. The doors open at 11:30. If you don't have a ticket, you can't get in. All the tickets have been given away.


Stay with News 11 at WTOL.com for the latest on Obama's stay in Toledo and continuing coverage of Campaign 08.

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