Joelle Farrell reports:
The secret service is sweeping the old Bellevue-Stratford Hotel (now the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue) on South Broad Street. The traveling press is waiting outside, where some people have stopped to ask questions and others have asked for change.
No sign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the word is she won't get here until the polls close at 8 p.m. Her whereabouts have been unknown to the press since she left Conshohocken just before noon.
Kevin Terry, 31, of Columbus, Ohio, is selling Clinton buttons in front of the hotel's front door: $5 each, 3 for $10, at least until other vendors show up. Some buttons say, "You Go Girl!" with Clinton's face, and another pictures her with her husband and the message, "America's First Family."
Terry voted for Clinton last month when his state held its primary, mosty because of her healthcare plan. He's done a number of one-off jobs-- freelance retail sales, driving a produce truck-- none of which provided him with steady insurance. His last fulltime gig only covered him at 40 percent, he said, and it cost him $180 from each bi-monthly paycheck.
Right now, he doesn't have any insurance.
Terry saw dollar signs when he attended Clinton's victory rally in Ohio, so he spent $3,000 on 6,000 Clinton and Obama pins (good businessmen hedge their bets) and drove over the border to Pennsylvania. He said he's spent at least $400 in gasoline following the candidates from Pittsburgh to Scranton to Philadelphia, and so far he's coming out a little bit ahead.
But without a strong Clinton victory, Terry fears he'll own half of his inventory.
"If she doesn't win this state, then it's going to be a hard time selling the rest of them," he said.