Ann Compton reports:
His 11th hour campaigning brought President Obama home to his Hyde Park neighborhood and a giant evening rally in the center of the University of Chicago campus.
“Now Chicago, in three days you have the chance to set direction of this state and this country for years to come,” the president shouted to the thousands stretching far down the mall in the dark. “You can defy the conventional wisdom.”
But here in Illinois the freshest polls give the edge to Republicans in both the governor’s race and in the contest to fill the Democratic seat Barack Obama surrendered when he became president.
In the crowd, several local residents said they have already voted.
“I wanted to make sure that my vote was in, in case something happened. I wanted my vote to count,” said a woman who gave her name as Jan.
“I have,” added a burly man in a union jacket, “so I can work all day on election day.”
Obama told the crowd he was glad to be able to sleep this night in his own bed. Sunday he has one final rally scheduled, another inner city venue at Cleveland State University.
– Ann Compton