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November 6, 2012

Obama campaign waits nervously as results roll in

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign was projecting confidence Tuesday night as election results rolled in, but waiting nervously for some of the biggest prizes to be awarded.

Obama aides said their internal numbers had them on track for victory. And staffers at the president's campaign headquarters in Chicago were cheering and high-fiving as the results came in.

Still, the campaign was laser-focused on the 18 electoral votes in Ohio, the Midwest swing state where Obama and Republican Mitt Romney competed fiercely. The Democratic ticket was optimistic about its prospects in the state where the president's bailout of the auto industry is widely popular.

Obama's team was less certain about Florida and North Carolina, two states that Obama won in 2008. Yet the president doesn't need victories in those states to reach the required 270 Electoral College votes.

The president decamped to his home on Chicago's South Side to watch the election returns with his family. He was expected to join top advisers at a downtown hotel later in the night.

Despite their outward confidence, Obama and his aides were leaving nothing to chance. The president indulged his superstitions by engaging in a traditional Election Day basketball game with friends, as the race that will determine his political future was finally in the hands of voters.

Obama's team won, ensuring him at least one victory Tuesday.

The president kicked off Election Day with a surprise visit to a campaign office near his South Side home.

Thunderous applause from about two dozen volunteers, many with tears streaming down their faces, greeted Obama. Removing his suit coat, he sat down to make some calls to volunteers in neighboring Wisconsin. "Let's get busy," he said.

"Hopefully we'll have a good day," he said on one call. "Keep working hard all the way through."

Speaking to reporters afterward, Obama said: "We feel confident we've got the votes to win but it's going to depend ultimately on whether these votes turn out."

The president also congratulated his Republican rival Mitt Romney on running "spirited campaign", saying he knew the GOP nominee's supporters were "just as engaged, just as enthusiastic" as his own.

The president headed into Election Day locked in a close race with Romney, according to national polls. But he appeared to have a slight edge in some key battlegrounds that will decide the contest, including Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Obama said late Tuesday in an interview with Denver television station KDVR that he had prepared both a victory speech and a concession speech for election night.

"You always have two speeches prepared because you can't take anything for granted," Obama said. Romney on Tuesday told reporters he has only prepared a victory speech.

There was no traditional Election Day photo of Obama voting Tuesday because he did so in Chicago last week, part of his campaign's effort to promote early voting. First lady Michelle Obama voted by absentee ballot.

One tradition Obama kept, however, was his Election Day basketball game.

A savvy basketball fan, Obama was joined by former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, childhood friends Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former captain of Harvard's basketball team.

Others who played included Obama's chef Sam Kass, first lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson, former Bulls player Jeff Sanders, and Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee.

The president's daughters, Malia and Sasha, arrived in Chicago after school Tuesday with their grandmother. The president's sister and her family were also joining the Obamas in Chicago.

He was expected to speak at his campaign's election night party at McCormick Place convention center.

 

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