White House official: Obama to lead Chicago rally

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A White House official says President Barack Obama will headline a Democratic rally in Chicago on the final weekend before Election Day.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will headline a Democratic rally in Chicago on the final weekend before Election Day.

The Oct. 30 rally, hosted by the Democratic National Committee, will benefit candidates nationwide. Obama has headlined several similar rallies, including one in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend that drew 35,000.

Obama’s hometown, Chicago has been a frequent campaign destination for the president. The race for his former Senate seat is a close contest between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk.

The White House official says Obama will make other stops that weekend. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the president’s schedule has not been formally announced.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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