Several hundred attended the Pleasanton-NorCal Tea Party's Golden State Rally for America, held Saturday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Bridget Melson, founder and president of organization, called the rally a success. She said it was the biggest to date and helped "fire up" voters to support the grass-roots tea party candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The event's organizer said she expected the biggest turnout to date in California for an event by the grass-roots tea party movement because people in the Bay Area are "fired up" about the Nov. 2 elections.
Candidates who spoke at the fairgrounds included David Harmer, a Republican who hopes to oust Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Joan Buchanan, who is seeking re-election to the 15th State Assembly District.