JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- It was a waiting game of Presidential proportions. Hundreds lined up Tuesday, all hoping to score a ticket to Barack Obama's visit to the River City.
The smart ones brought chairs. As for the rest, comfortable shoes were key. Five spots around town, each with a longer line than the last. They started forming before the sun came up.
"I thought it was going to come in, walk in [and get a ticket] until they notified me that they didn't pass out the tickets till noon," said ShaRonda Marshall. "So at that time I prepared to sit here and wait till noon."
Bob Harms showed up at noon, not at all expecting this kind of turnout. His first reaction?
"Crap! Shoot!" he laughed. But at the same time, he was excited. "This is fantastic."
Just last week, Newt Gingrich, in town stumping for Mitt Romney, said Duval County will be the key to winning Florida. Exactly Cynthia Robinson's motivation.
"That's what they say and I want to make my vote count," she said.
State Representative Mia Jones says she doesn't necessarily agree that Duval County will be the end all, be all, but they are making Jacksonville a priority.
"I think he'll be able to win Florida with or without Duval County but we're here in Duval County committed to making sure he will win Duval County," Jones said.
Obama for America's Florida director agreed, "The President's campaign will not take any votes for granted. We'll be out there fighting for every last vote."
Organizers could not confirm to Action News how many tickets are being made available. The event is being held at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center and the doors will open to the public at 11:00 a.m.