Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., accompanied by his daughter Malia, casts his vote at a polling place in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Hundreds of people are already lining up outside Chicago's Grant Park for a Barack Obama rally.
Many of the supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate are sporting Obama T-shirts and buttons. Some are eating lunch by the roadside or chatting on their cell phones as they wait.
The event starts this evening in what Obama backers hope will become a victory celebration. But many rally goers got in line early to ensure they get a good views of the festivities later.
Stephanie Smith is waiting in line in a folding chair, sharing a box of doughnuts with her husband.
The 27-year-old says she came to Chicago from Nashville to be part of history.
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