We spent the afternoon at the Canfield Fair today, and found more anecdotal evidence that the Palin pick is playing well. The Republican tent was fairly full all day, which was somewhat unusual, as Mahoning County is heavily Democratic. Those I asked said they’ve heard largely favorable responses to the Palin pick, and a good amount of excitement. Folks in this part of the country seem to like her background (union, hunting, PTA, etc.), and contra some of her critics, I haven’t heard any mention of her religion or faith.
By early evening McCain-Palin t-shirts arrived and appeared to be selling quite briskly. (They were already sold out of the size my mother-in-law wanted.) The Democrat tent, by contrast, did not seem to have the same volume of traffic, at least not when I stopped by. It’s possible this as due to its relatively poor location at the fair — they were more our of the way than the GOPers. It’s also possible that Mahoning County Democrats have yet to embrace their own ticket, as this is Hillary country. In any event, this is more anecdotal evidence, like the reported increases in McCain rally size, that the Palin pick is playing well where it counts.