WASHINGTON - The estimated turnout for President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday has dropped again.
The District of Columbia's homeland security director, Chris Geldart, said Sunday that officials now expect between 500,000 and 700,000 people to attend. At first, 600,000 to 800,000 people had been anticipated.
For Obama's first swearing-in in 2009, 1.8 million people packed the National Mall.
The crowd estimates are based in part on the number of charter buses arriving in the city, as well as the number of hotel and restaurant reservations.
Geldart says the lowered estimate isn't changing any of the security preparations or planning.
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