The California senator officially entered the 2020 fray on Sunday with a speech outside Oakland City Hall. Ian Sams, Harris’ press secretary, tweeted that more than 20,000 people showed up to see the event.
“NEWS: More than 20,000 in crowd at @KamalaHarris launch speech. Thousands more still in lines for overflow,” Sams tweeted Sunday.
Compare that to February 2007, when then-Illinois Sen. Obama announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Springfield, Ill. Braving freezing-cold conditions outside the Old State Capitol, somewhere between 15,000 and 17,000 people showed up for his speech officially marking the beginning of his campaign. Furthermore, the East Bay Times reports that when Obama held a campaign event in Oakland a month later, he drew between 12,000 and 14,000 people in the exact same spot.