Obamas Hit the Polls

Voters line up around the country on long-awaited day
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 4, 2008 10:51 AM CST
Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama outside a polling place in Chicago, Nov. 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack and Michelle Obama cast their votes for president in Chicago today with their daughters in tow, the AP reports. They were ushered in ahead of lines that snaked around the block as neighbors who’d gathered to see his arrival cheered, the Chicago Tribune reports. Obama kissed the cheek of his poll worker and displayed his “I Voted” slip to applauding onlookers before heading to Indiana for some last-minute campaigning.

Around the country, long lines were forming as others geared up to vote, Bloomberg reported, but some voters were pleasantly surprised by short waits. "I am shocked it was so short," said a woman who waited for 20 minutes in an Atlanta suburb. In Chicago, Obama was the 200th to fill in a ballot in his district, missing neighbor Bill Ayers by about 20 minutes.