Jubilant Obama Supporters Swarm Grant Park

Obama supporters collect in Chicago; McCain staff relaxed and confident
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 8:56 PM CST
Supporters cheer as they watch election night results in Grant Park at the party for Sen. Barack Obama in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of thousands of Barack Obama supporters have been collecting in Chicago's Grant Park, watching results come in on a Jumbotron screen while they await the candidate's rally tonight. The Lollapalooza-like atmosphere includes blankets spread out on the grass and vendors offering t-shirts and buttons, reports the Chicago Tribune. Obama is dining at home with his family, who will move to the rally site later tonight.

Meanwhile in Arizona, John McCain's supporters at the Phoenix Biltmore are predictably subdued as disappointing results roll in. Aides not hard at work in the "war room" are relaxing under palm trees, perhaps resigned to let the night play itself out, or relieved that the campaign is finally over. McCain finished the day with stops in nearby Colorado and New Mexico.