Why Trump rallies may bring thousands more people than Clinton

Posted at 5:06 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 17:06:32-04

The fight to win Florida for the 2016 presidential election is heating up with campaign stops in the Bay area this week.

On Monday, Donald Trump held a campaign stop at Mid-Florida Amphitheatre where he said 20,000 people were filling in to pack the stadium.

The images, very different than Clinton's stop on Wednesday where as many as 5,000 people came to the daytime rally at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa.

ABC Action News analyst Susan McManus said campaigns usually have different strategies for events. 

McManus said Trump is having larger crowds, but that helps bring attention from national media to his events. 

The University of South Florida professor said Trump is bringing people who have not voted in years, and not all of them are likely to vote. 

On the Clinton front, her campaign uses smaller venues and doesn't have the younger voters showing up like her competitor. 

McManus points out that Clinton supporters are older, but don't tend to go to crowded events. 

Those voters are considered more loyal at the polls though. 

History points out larger crowds don't always win.

In 2004, John Kerry drew large crowds but lost to former President George W. Bush.

President Barack Obama drew a crowd of 100,000 in St. Louis during the 2008 election against John McCain. His nomination was as the first African American to run for president. 

Most recent, the 2012 election for Mitt Romney was drawing crowds of over 10,000 in Florida as well weeks before the election, but he lost.