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This past week McCain/Palin held a huge rally in Fairfax. The McCain camp claimed that they had 23,000 people attending the event. That’s an Obama-sized number, a number that would signify a real swing in momentum for the republican ticket. Too bad it might not be true.

Bloomberg reports:

“McCain aide Kimmie Lipscomb told reporters on Sept. 10 that an outdoor rally in Fairfax City, Virginia, drew 23,000 people, attributing the crowd estimate to a fire marshal.

Fairfax City Fire Marshal Andrew Wilson said his office did not supply that number to the campaign and could not confirm it. Wilson, in an interview, said the fire department does not monitor attendance at outdoor events.

In recent days, journalists attending the rallies have been raising questions about the crowd estimates with the campaign. In a story on Sept. 11 about Palin’s attraction for some Virginia women voters, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher estimated the crowd to be 8,000, not the 23,000 cited by the campaign.”

Found via TPM.

*McCain camp offers weird response to press inquiries.

*Quick update: Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere lie returns to stump speech.