In the eyes of many Georgians, the size of a crowd of supporters is often a better yardstick of political popularity than opinion polls or the feasibility of campaign promises. The splashy convention staged by Georgia's ruling United National Movement party on Saturday was the latest round in the ongoing game of trying to outnumber the opponent ahead of the country's October 1 parliamentary vote.
After watching scores of people wearing red-and-white UNM shirts stream into the Tbilisi Sports Palace, one swing voter predicted the party's certain victory -- even after making a similar prediction for billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition when it gathered a huge throng of supporters in downtown Tbilisi this May.
And he is not the only Georgian voter for whom campaign talk is reduced to background noise and the visual impressions matter the most.
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