Houston Chronicle: Eager 19,000 pack Obama rally in Houston
Crowd waits for hours to hear him call for change, ask for Texas’ help
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama brought his broad smile and message of hope to a packed Toyota Center Tuesday night, telling the boisterous crowd that Texas is key to winning the Democratic nomination.
Buoyed by a win in the Wisconsin primary minutes before he took the stage, Obama told his supporters that he needed them in the March 4 primary and again in November. Texas has not played a pivotal role in a presidential race since 1976.
(Obama went on to win Hawaii in the early hours of Wednesday CST.)