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Associated Press, Published December 07 2009

Hundreds gather at Mall of America for Palin

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Hundreds of Sarah Palin fans are lining up at the Mall of America in Bloomington where the conservative icon is signing copies of her new memoir.

Some die-hard Palin fans treated Monday's event like another Black Friday. Phil Herwig of Milaca, a Republican candidate for governor, says he arrived at 3:45 a.m. but about 200 people were in line already.

Palin's book, "Going Rogue," recounts her rise from governor of Alaska to Republican vice presidential nominee and her personal story.

Emily Calhoon, a high school junior from Minnetonka, was among those in line. She says she likes Palin because she's conservative but also "a lot more relatable than the stereotypical old rich white male."

Palin is expected to begin signing books at noon.

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