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Now over to chief White House correspondent Ed Henry in Chicago ahead.
Good evening -- last night the Obama camp was predicting a blowout in their favor tonight I just got off the phone.
-- one of the pre president's senior advisors who says they have to admit that Florida Virginia -- a whole slew of battlegrounds right now.
Are too close to call.
While President Obama tried to display calm and confidence today I expect that we'll have a good night.
It was clear last night the magnitude of the moment has finally said in as he waits to find out whether he'll secure his place in history as a transformational president.
For a mere one term wonder.
You said yes we can't and we did.
In the freezing cold in Iowa where it all started for him.
A tear was visibly running down his face and he admitted today it was probably from a mix of frigid weather and this year -- stalled over at all.
I have to say they're being back in the morning.
Thinking about all the folks in Iowa would work so hard on my campaign back in -- -- and then.
To see them still working hard back in 2012.
Today the Obama camp is dealing with another emotion concern that just 24 hours after top advisors David Axelrod and David -- boldly predicted it.
We'll blow out -- that they could win all nine battlegrounds like Ohio.
Democrats today -- Vice President Biden to Cleveland as democratic officials mocked Republican Mitt Romney's last minute visits to Ohio and Pennsylvania.
We're not make it hail Mary for first -- that we that this is going to be hard to win here.
At the end and that's what we think it's one on Pennsylvania on the Romney side.
While the president spent the afternoon continuing his lucky tradition of playing basketball with friends on Election Day.
Local media report the athletic facility was foreclosed upon last month maybe not such a good moment I hope that everybody is just.
Out there and fired.
Knocking on doors earlier he worked the phones at a Chicago campaign office to thank some volunteers in neighboring Wisconsin and was -- again as he offered some warm words to his opponent.
The man he's been charging cannot be trusted.
I also want to say.
To governor Romney congratulations on a spirited campaign.
I know that his supporters are just -- engaged and just so enthusiastic and working just as hard today.
Now after school today the president's daughters flew -- Chicago with their grandmother the kind of family dinner at the president's private home as they wonder and wait I'm told by one senior advisor they're expecting inside the Obama camp will be waiting for Florida results -- something like 2 AM.
They think it's that close -- All right Ed thank you we --
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