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Friday, October 19, 2012

Obama\'s Election-Night Rally Will Be Indoors

After already losing one bet against the weather, President Obama is taking his election-night rally indoors.

The campaign will hold its Nov. 6 event at McCormick Place in Chicago, a large convention center on the shore of Lake Michigan, barring any last-minute changes, his campaign confirmed Thursday.

The inclusion of a roof might be a consequence of the Democratic National Convention, which had to scramble to shift Mr. Obama's acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., to the 20,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena when storms threatened to wash out the closing night.

According the the convention center's Web site, McCormick Place has assembly seating for 18,000 plus other theaters, making it a large indoor site but a far cry from the estimated 240,000 who packed Chicago's Grant Park in 2008. The center recently hosted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit meeting in May.