Obama targets young voters at Pinellas rally, but will it work?

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SEMINOLE, Florida -- For a second straight day Thursday, people lined up at the Seminole campus of St. Pete College for tickets to see President Obama speak on Saturday.

But the demographics may not be what the President drew up.

Instead of all the young voters he may have hoped to attract by holding the rally on a college campus, many of the people in line were not.

"I think it's going to be more middle-aged, older folks," said Christine Muirhead.

"All kinds of ages," said William Sabol.

It's no coincidence Obama's last visit to the Tampa Bay area was at Hillsborough Community College.

A study by the conservative group American Majority Action shows the President spoke at high schools or colleges 13 times in August alone.

Since January, they report he's increased his appearances there by 175% over the past year.

It's a strategy to try appealing to young voters.

Some polls show the 66% support Obama had from young voters in 2008 is down to around 50%.

"I don't think people are as excited as in 2008," Sabol, 25, said, "I think it has a lot to do with where we are and the sluggish recovery."

Obama will aim to change that opinion on Saturday, no matter who is in the audience.

Doors for the event open at 8:30 a.m.

By Thursday afternoon, a college representative confirmed all tickets for the event have been given out, less than a day after they became available.

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