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West Michigan voters flock to GVSU to support Clinton

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Some arrived outside the Grand Valley State University fieldhouse as early as 10 A. M., six hours before Hillary Clinton was due to arrive.  The lines extended from the front doors at least an eighth of mile.  Only five thousand would be allowed inside, the rest would listen on a public address system.

"I'm here to witness history," said GVSU freshman Anya Berghhoef of Grand Haven.  "She's going to be the first woman President of the United States."

"All that email business was just hype," said Barb Fuerstnau of Wyoming.  

"This election is about human rights.  It's about inclusion," said Theresa Latini of Holland, whose two-year old daughter, Eleanor, said the name "Hillary" as only a two-old can.  

Security was tight, but not too tight.  Not suffocating, like it is at political rallies in larger cities.  The Secret Service presence was light.  The local police were polite and accommodating.  "This is Allendale," said police officer who looked as young as the college students.

Clinton took the stage at 4:12 P. M., just a few minutes late--not bad on such a hectic election eve. She spoke for 30 minutes, saying nothing the crowd hadn't heard many times before, but saying it with as much or more conviction and energy as ever.  

"The choice in this election could not be clearer," said Clinton.  "This election is between division and unity.  Strong, steady leadership and a loose canon."

Clinton was introduced by U. S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), who told the crowd:  "The only change Donald Trump stands for is the change in his pocket."

Clinton's motorcade met her at the rear of the building after the speech.  She waived to few hundred cheering supporters who had waited in the parking lot for a glimpse.  

And then she was off to Philadelphia.

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