Handful of hot congressional races on Ill. ballot
CHICAGO – The economy was a priority Tuesday as Illinois voters decided hotly contested U.S. House races and whether to re-elect Chicagoan Barack Obama as president. And nothing could hold back one woman from casting her first ballot in a presidential poll — not even going into labor.
Obama spent the day in Chicago and was expected to deliver either a victory or concession speech at his campaign's election-night party at the McCormick Place convention center.
With the state's 20 electoral votes expected to go to Obama and no statewide races on the ballot, the election season was quieter than usual in Illinois compared to the neighboring battleground states of Wisconsin and Iowa. Still, voters arrived at polling places in droves and waited in sometimes long lines to cast their votes.
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