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METAIRIE, La. -- Some local Mitt Romney supporters spent big bucks to spend time with the GOP presidential candidate in Metairie, and others waited and waited and waited -- and it paid off.

After hours of camping outside an Old Metairie home on Northline Drive, the crowd went wild as Gov. Mitt Romney stopped his motorcade, stepping out to greet his supporters.

The GOP presidential candidate made stops at two Old Metairie homes. The main event was a political fundraising dinner at the home of Joe Canizaro, hosted by heavy hitters like Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. David Vitter and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Benson.

'In Louisiana it's understandable. This is a state that is not up for grabs. Mitt Romney is going to carry Louisiana,' said Clancy DuBos, Eyewitness News political analyst. 'That doesn't mean he doesn't come here. He comes here to raise money and he's got plenty of supporters here.'

Romney impressed guests like Eric and Janel Gray.

'It was very nice,' Eric Gray said. 'He's a gentleman. A real gentleman.'

With the fundraising events costing $50,000 per person for dinner, $5,000 for a photo reception and $2,500 for a general reception, DuBos says the race for the White House boils down to dollars and cents.

'Time Magazine said it's going to cost $2.5 billion to win the presidency,' DuBos said. 'Every time we have a presidential race it seems they set a new record. So much is at stake, which is why so many people want to give so much.'

Pam Weiser, armed with her American flag, was one of the first supporters to wait curbside hoping for one thing.

'I knew that the presidential candidate was in town and I was very excited about it,' she said. 'I was hoping to get a glimpse of him!'

And that wish came true.

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