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Obama to spend election night in Chicago

Published on Oct 18, 2012 10:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Win or lose, President Barack Obama will spend election night in his hometown of Chicago and will speak at a smaller venue than the large park where he held his victory speech four years ago, a source said on Wednesday.

Obama, who is battling Republican Mitt Romney for a second four-year term in the White House, will deliver remarks on November 6 at McCormick Place, Chicago's convention center, according to the source with knowledge of the matter.

Situated on Lake Michigan, McCormick Place was the venue for May's Nato summit and is located some 3 km from the city's Grant Park, where Mr Obama addressed a crowd of 240,000 on November 4, 2008.

The choice seems to suggest that the Obama campaign does not expect as large a turnout this time around.