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Camping out in downtown

The line to get into the Palin rally in Hurkamp park is already pretty long, but for about two hours very early this morning, the only two people in it were Yorktown residents Charlene Campbell and Gavonnie Williams.

The two made the two-hour drive to Fredericksburg last night and stayed in a city hotel before getting out to Hurkamp Park at 3:30 this morning. It wasn’t until about 5:20 a.m. that the next rally-goer–Denise Spencer, also of Yorktown–came out. Spencer also stayed at a city hotel, so there’s a tiny bit of lodging (and probably some meals) tax that Fredericksburg can attribute to Decision 2008.

It was 5:30 a.m. when the first local made it to the line. That would be Hartwood resident John Druiett. Druiett speaks with great emotion about his support of John McCain.

"John McCain spent his whole life fighting for me. I’m here to fight for him. He’s a good man, and that’s why I’m here."

Druiett said he finds it hard to believe that Virginia, which has voted Republican for President since 1964, is leaning the other way this year.

"Listening to the radio and listening to the TV, you’d think the whole state is Obama. It’s not," he said. "I’m very skeptical about the accuracy of these polls. … The only poll that couns is the one that’s taken on Nov. 4."

Palin is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. At noon, the program starts with speeches from Del. Mark Cole, state Sen. Richard Stuart and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (who faces a reelection challenge from Democrat Bill Day).

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