Democrats heavily outnumbered Republicans Saturday morning when political rallies went head-to-head in Decatur.
An estimated 250 energetic supporters of President Obama took over the Decatur Court Square for several hours, starting about 10 a.m.
Congressman Hank Johnson and other officials spoke from the community bandstand through a PA sysem, musicians performed on the Marta Plaza and tables were set up to register voters and sell Obama T-shirts. A phone bank operated out of the old DeKalb Courthouse, which the Democrats rented for the day.
About 15 Mitt Romney fans arrived for what had been advertised as a "counter rally." They found a quiet spot near the DeKalb Judicial Center, heard a few words from congressional candidate Gary Vaughn, said a prayer and went to breakfast at Chick-fil-A.
The groups seemed to get along fine. The Republicans couldn't get a permit from the city for their rally because the Democrats had already gotten one; the city doesn't permit two events at the same time. The GOP decided to go ahead and rally anyway.