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Obama to hold rally in McCormick Place

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    Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his last rally the night before the general election November 5, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Following the final campaign rally of his final race, President Barack Obama arrived back in Chicago early Tuesday in advance of his Election Night event.

    He's spending the night in his Hyde Park home.

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    The president closed his 2012 campaign with a nighttime rally Monday in Iowa, where his 2008 caucus victory jumpstarted his road to the White House. In an event steeped in nostalgia, the president urged voters in the swing state to help him finish what they started here four years ago.

    "I've come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote," Obama told 20,000 supporters at the outdoor rally. "This is where our movement for change began."

    Obama was joined at the rally by wife, Michelle, rocker Bruce Springsteen and a cadre of longtime advisers and friends who have been with him for the final stretch of his final campaign. The president spoke in front of the building that housed his 2008 campaign's state headquarters, one of the first offices his team opened.

    Tuesday's election night rally is scheduled for McCormick Place -- a much different scene than the 2008 celebration in Grant Park that attracted 240,000 people. The private rally is limited to campaign workers who volunteered in recent weeks.

    Satellite trucks and international media have already traveled to the city to prepare for the event.

    The decision to house the event in the country's largest convention center was made with security concerns in mind. An immigration rights group is planning a demonstration outside the convention center, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    CNN is erecting an outdoor jumbotron at the Thompson Center (Randolph and Clark) for people seeking the communal experience.

    Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning heavily in battleground states the day before the election, with 14 events scheduled across eight states such as Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

    A final national NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed Obama getting the support of 48 percent of likely voters, with Romney receiving 47 percent. A Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll had Obama at 49 and Romney at 48. A Pew Research Center poll released Sunday showed Obama with a three-point edge over Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday that victory looks likely in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, which will pave the way for an Obama victory.

    "I believe we're going to close the deal in each of those states, we have a strong position. That's why Romney's reaching out to brand new states in the closing few days, trying to find a path for victory," Durbin said.

    Romney plans to spend election night in Boston.

     Join the Party! NBCChicago, Capitol Fax and Google are having a  humdinger of a  shin-dig at the Public House on Election Night.  The event is invite only, but you can  watch along on our streaming coverage and interact with our guests on social  media. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. on November 6 and prepare for some fun!