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Election Night In Grant Park: Construction Begins (Obama's Election Night Party)

Author: Mike Flannery
Date Published: October 22nd, 2008

CHICAGO (CBS) ― Construction is underway for a massive stage in Chicago where Barack Obama could declare victory on election night. Tens of thousands are expected to gather in Grant Park just 13 days from now. One way or another, that huge crowd will witness history.

CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports that 1996 was actually the last election night when both major party candidates did speak publicly. In the close elections of 2000 and 2004, that did not happen. Preparations to accommodate a big crowd in Grant Park are already underway. A lot of work remains on platforms for speakers, risers for cameras and security barricades.

Earlier Wednesday, construction crews at the south end of Grant Park were assembling what they said would hold a giant video screen for the election night gathering. No one really knows how many people will come to the lakefront's Grant Park on Nov. 4.

Weather will likely play a role. It was warm and sunny a few days ago in St. Louis when Barack Obama drew an estimated 100,000 to the banks of the Mississippi River.


  1. Anonymous said...

    "CHICAGO (CBS) ― Construction is underway for a massive stage in Chicago where Barack Obama will concede on election night."

    That looks better!

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