Wasilla High School Gym - south side - at 8:10 p.m.
Wasilla High School gym - north side - at 8:10 p.m.
As people were leaving, 45 minutes later, I asked the WHS vice principal and two custodians "How big was the crowd?" All three felt that there were right around 1,000 people there.
The Democratic Party has statewide district-by-district results up at their web site.
The GOP hasn't yet updated their site, but you can download a pdf of their statewide district-by-district results at this ADN location.
I watched my district count, and it seems to be accurately reflected in the vote recorded by the Party. 174 votes were cast in my district, the 13th. I counted closer to 200 people in the 13th District group, but there were a lot of kids there, and some people just plain didn't raise their hands with their colored cards.
I didn't see how things went for the GOP at either the Palmer Depot or at the Regan Building on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. But I did talk to three people who witnessed the crowd size at the Depot, the Regan and Wasilla High. All three claimed that the crowds at the GOP events were somewhat smaller than those at WHS.
If you look through the numbers on the GOP district-by-district speadsheet, the claims of some of the Valley district participation numbers seem to me to be just plain cooked.