ONTARIO — Mike Casto is predicting a larger crowd today for a victory rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney than north central Ohio saw last month for President Barack Obama’s visit with 2,166 ticket-holders.
Romney’s event will begin at 2:30 p.m., with doors opening at 12:30 p.m., at Ontario’s PR Machine Works, 1825 Nussbaum Parkway.
The Richland County Republican Party president said there are approximately 3,000 more registered Republicans than there are Democrats in Mansfield.
“We’re preparing for a very large crowd. The weather is going to be nice, and the venue we have can have people outside as well, with big screens and a sound system,” Casto said. “We can probably accommodate as many that sign up. I’d guess 1,500 will fit inside, but that will depend on the fire department’s ruling. I said I’d like to see about 2,000.”
While he couldn’t determine how many tickets have been claimed for today’s rally, Casto said he personally has received around 200 phone calls from interested guests.
Casto said parking won’t be a problem with a large parking lot and an open field.
Romney’s visit came as little surprise to the Republican Party.
Casto said there are several reasons both Obama and Romney would make a Mansfield stop.
“There’s the central location of Mansfield. It’s an easy place for people from surrounding areas to come to,” he said. “Also, surrounding counties wouldn’t really have a venue big enough to hold an event like this.
“We also opened a Victory Center for Romney’s campaign a few months ago on West Fourth Street in Ontario. That’s quite an investment by the Ohio Republican Party and Romney’s team, with the help of our local party. They don’t just put those anywhere.”
Additionally, Casto said Mansfield has a very high concentration of nondeclared voters, making the area targeted for candidates.
“My guess is that he’ll talk about the proposed closing of the 179th Airlift Wing, but his major message has been turning this economy around and creating jobs for middle-class families,” he said, noting that he will get an opportunity to speak to the candidate. “I’ve been thinking all day about what I’m going to ask. The last time I talked to him was in Chillicothe and I didn’t ask him anything. I told him I was grateful for the personal sacrifice he’s making to run for a national public office. I may ask him what it’s like to prepare for the debate coming up, but I might just use the time to tell him that I’m so glad he and his choice for vice president are both men of character, that our grassroots people can get behind and feel comfortable getting behind.”
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