our newest NBC/WSJ poll) landed the loudest welcome from the audience. Event officials told us that a large piece of the crowd was made up of AFSCME members from New York, but that didn’t mean all the applause and flashbulbs were for Clinton alone. Edwards and Obama both received raucous ovations when they hit the stage.
One sidebar: there was a noticeable difference between the security presence for Clinton and Obama. During Clinton’s time, we saw one or two Secret Service members on each side of the stage. During Obama’s time, there were several people from the security team both in front of the stage and next to it.