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On game day, Obama will shoot hoops

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While President Obama and his team are publicly exuding confidence ahead of Tuesday’s election, they’re still engaging in some superstitious pre-election rituals.

The president only has one hard-and-fast line on his schedule tomorrow: playing pickup basketball.

Former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday that Mr. Obama has reached out to former aide Reggie Love, who played hoops at Duke University, to join him for a game Tuesday in Chicago.

Whether it calms his nerves or simply helps him tear himself away from watching returns, playing basketball on Election Day has become part of the Obama tradition.

He didn’t play on the day of the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic primary and ended up losing to then-rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“We made the mistake of not playing once,” Mr. Gibbs said. “We won’t make that mistake again.”

Senior advisers David Axelrod and David Plouffe also were sporting the same blue fleece jackets from the 2008 campaign – even as they boasted about that the president’s ground game all but guaranteeing victory Tuesday.

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