Obama Downsizes Election Night Venue

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It’s his party, and he’ll make it small if he wants to. President Obama’s election-night rally will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the Chicago Tribune reports, a venue that will accommodate a significantly smaller celebration than his 2008 event in Grant Park, which drew an estimated 240,000 people. Because it’s an indoor location, McCormick Place will also allow for tighter security. The venue was used to host the NATO summit in May, successfully carrying out what Homeland Security called a “national special security event.” Obama will return to Chicago Oct. 25 for early voting.