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They're with Hillary, even as Seattle storm rages on

Braving a major storm, around 2,000 Hillary Clinton supporters waited in line in rain and wind to see their candidate in downtown Seattle.

Even shelling out at least $250 for the event at the Paramount Theatre didn't dampen their enthusiasm.

“I have never paid this much for a rock concert ticket," said Paula Blake, who drove in from Port Orchard. "She’s a rock star in my eyes."

Seattleite Eileen Simpkins agrees.

“I like that she doesn’t give up," Simpkins said. "I like that she’s proud of her nerdiness. I like that she owns being smart and being a policy geek.”

There was also Nick Harmer, the bass guitarist for the alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie.

“I’m a new father, and I have a daughter," Harmer said. "I’d like her to grow up in a world where she can see that a woman can hold the highest office in the land.”

Misia Tramp, originally from London, now lives in Seattle.

"I’m obviously greatly inspired by having a female leader in the U.S.," Tramp said. "We grew up with Margaret Thatcher in our time who was somewhat less inspiring. And actually, I just want to see the great lady on the stage.”

In her speech at the Paramount, Clinton touched on familiar campaign themes. But she also addressed the furor over allegations of groping against her Republican opponent. Donald Trump has gone on the attack in adamantly denying the allegations.

"I take no satisfaction in seeing what Trump does and says, because it hurts me and it hurts our country," Clinton said. "It hurts all of us."

Democrats in Seattle will get another boost on Saturday when Bernie Sanders, who beat Clinton in the Washington state caucuses, comes to town. He'll campaign for Democratic candidates and progressive ballot measures. 

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