In case you miss President Obama’s appearance at the big Democratic rally in Grant Park on Saturday, October 30, there is still a chance to see and hear him.
The Chicago Tribune reports that during the afternoon on Saturday a get-out-the-vote rally will also be held in the leader’s neighborhood of Hyde Park.
Hip hop artist Common is scheduled to perform at the main Grant Park event starting Saturday morning at 11am until 2pm. Obama will be endorsing Democrats Alexi Giannoulias and Gov. Pat Quinn.
Large crowds are expected at the “free for Chicagoans” political gathering to boost senatorial hopeful Giannoulias, in a close race with Mark Kirk as well as Gov. Quinn who is also neck-in-neck with his opponent, Bill Brady.
Slide on over to Hyde Park later on at 4:30 pm. Obama and Company will be on the Midway Plaisance, a park near the University of Chicago, ready to receive large crowds of voters to get in gear for Tuesday’s midterm election.
The Democrats see this as an important rally. Control of the U.S. House is at stake with several hotly contested offices that are too close to call and could swing either way. Recent polls show Brady ever so slightly ahead of Quinn, but the numbers are too close for a prediction.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Brady has a 43 percent edge over Quinn’s 39 percent with a 3.7 plus or minus margin of error to consider. The meager advantage comes from Independents and collar county voters. The financially endowed Republican candidate has launched a “final hour” negative campaign against Quinn on the airwaves. But the negative ads go both ways in what many see as a “nasty bid” for the governors seat.
Each side is attempting to get their numbers up. Dialing for votes, rallies, appearances, ad campaigns, early voting, and debates are being pushed on these final days before Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Indeed it’s way too close to call. Voter turnout for both Democrats and Republicans will be key. Each candidate is looking for heavy support. The stakes are high; votes will probably be counted right down to the wire on Election night. May the best candidate win!