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He headed back to his South Side home to eat dinner with his family before going to the hotel to huddle with aides and watch early returns. He then moved to McCormick Place for an election-night rally with supporters.

Malia and Sasha Obama, the president’s daughters, flew to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon after school, along with their grandmother, Marian Robinson. The first lady’s brother, Craig Robinson, and his family also planned to be on hand, along with the president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her family. They will be joined by a bevy of nieces and nephews.