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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (left) looks on as President Obama attempts to ignite Democratic voter support.
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (left) looks on as President Obama attempts to ignite Democratic voter support.

By Elliott Francis

Hundreds of people turned out to hear President Obama campaign on behalf of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. Yesterday's rally was held at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, and as the President made his appeal, some people attending the event fell ill.

Prince George's Fire and EMS spokesperson Mark Brady told reporters, his technicians treated approximately three dozen people for dizziness and dehydration. That number seemed to surprise some people in the crowd like Marjorie Goldman. She says she was close to the stage and saw only a handful of people fall ill.

"There were about three people nearby me who had to sit down or were taken out. I suspect there weren't more than a half dozen," says Goldman.

Afternoon temperatures at the open air event were in the low to mid 70s, with a sustained breeze. However the crowd was large and Goldman says people were standing nearly shoulder to shoulder.

"Well I think when you're up front it's a pretty hot experience and people were packed in pretty tight. But people were pretty friendly, and really wanted to be there, and were very willing to move around and accommodate those who needed a rest," she says.

At one point even the President interrupted his speech to help guide the EMTs to a supporter who had collapsed.

"I think we might have had somebody faint down here, if we could get the paramedics. Right here, everybody's pointing to him. He'll be alright just give him some space," says the President.

Officials say two people were taken to the hospital for minor illness, the rest were treated at the scene.

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