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Obama Supporters at McCormick: 'We Know He's Going to Win'

Obama supporters from around the suburbs and the city of Chicago waited to see the president during an election night rally in McCormick Place.

Waiting for the president to arrive at McCormick Place on election night, supporter Ignacio Ayala of Plainfield said he hoped the night would bring some of the same excitement as the rally in Grant Park in 2008.

"I hope it's the same," said Ayala. "That was big."

More than 10,000 people are expected to rally around President Barack Obama as he and his campaign members await election results tonight. Like Ayala, other Obama supporters said they, too, were hopeful that the election results would bring cause for celebration.

Elvin and Nicole Knox, from Homewood, said they had been checking predictions on CNN and Politico all day. Nicole said she had voted for Bush in 2004, and her husband said he had voted for Bush or had not voted at all. Both consider themselves independent.

"Obama, to me, genuinely cares about what it means to govern people," she said.

Many said they believed four years was not enough for the president to accomplish what he set out to do in 2008.

"There's so much more to do, but it feels like progress," said Charles Sucholl, also from Plainfield. "He's really kind of taken the country on the path out of this mess."

Several volunteers from the south suburban Hazel Crest field office said they had been spending the last several weeks campaigning heavily, sending buses to Iowa and phone-banking for hours.

"We have prayed every day," said Joyce Hutchinson. "We know he's going to win."

Hutchinson said she believed the president was not in the office to "line his pockets" or for power, but for the good of the country. 

"We need more people like that in office," she said.

Waiting in the lobby of McCormick place, Obama volunteer Ashley Owen, from Chicago, was just hoping she would be able to get credentials to get in. She had a friend with an extra pass and was waiting for him to show up.

Owen was sick on election night in 2008 and was not able to attend the rally in Grant Park.

"This is my chance to try that again," she said.

Jen Fisher reporting for Patch from McCormick Place.

Patch61 November 10, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Walt I congratulate you for doing what you need to do, though I do not share most of your political views notably on "outsourcing." Two G-7 economies far more tightly protected than ours, by the government, are floundering: France and Italy. So-called "insourcing" simply makes the country's economy less competitive and leads to higher unemployment. Also, funny no one at the Patch ever talks about the $16,000,000,000,000 in national debt, (only $9,000,000,000,000 when Obama took over), the $1,800,000,000,000 in new money literally printed in the last 4 years, or when Downers Grove will become bankrupt as is projected for 85% of the USA's municipalities within 15 years. I guess the facts are hard to process; it's easier to write platitudes, party lines, and such. When will D.G. declare bankruptcy? 2020? 2025?
Stones November 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Mrs. GoodFella, rather than go point by point on why you're wrong, ket me just say this: You're an ignorant, racist. I'm not black or latino and I voted for President Obama. I work two jobs and am nowhere near lazy. You don't get over 60,000,000 votes without an awful lot of them coming from white people.
Stones November 10, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Patch61, The national debt $11 trillion when President Obama took office. How much of the $5 trillion in addition debt can be attributed to two wars? Most knowlegeable economists put an overall price tag of $4.3 trillion. Seems that's a big chunk of the debt, wouldn't you say? We have a mess, how about everyone work together to clean it up.
Jeff November 10, 2012 at 09:20 PM
This is going to be one rough ride. I project decreasing unemployment through 2014 and then another depression except worse than before. Inflation will hit and it will hit hard and Bernake will blame top down pressure when explaining why everything costs 10 fold. Hold onto your guns.
Jewelbug February 27, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Terry, I agree with you on so many levels.. A president who had no budget for four years? Obviously ~ look at how he spends money! Then he borrows, so he can spend more. We know exactly where he wants this country to land, smack into the lap of socialism, which, btw, is a step above communism. Those who can't see thru him by now ought to educate themselves. He is one demon! and the sheep who blindly follow? Mindless.

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