Washington, Oct 24 : With Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama all set to become the first ever African-American president in the Nov 4 polls, as suggested by various polls and surveys, his campaign managers are planning a grand party, setting up a huge stage at Chicago's Grant Park, from where Obama would declare his victory, reported foxnews.com.
The victory celebration is expected to cost a whopping two million dollars (Rs 1000 lakhs)!
So far, Obama's campaign is staying mum on the expected crowd count, but it is assumed that it would well cross 80,000 figure that congregated at the Democratic convention, added the report.
"We have a lot of supporters who have given their time and effort to the campaign, and we want them to share in the election night with us," the report quoted Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor as saying.
The excitement is palpable at Obama's rallies, a tone the candidate has reflected. "I feel like we got a righteous wind at our backs here," Obama told supporters in Leesburg, Va., Wednesday evening.
On the other hand, McCain says he savors being the underdog so close to Election Day, and for weeks he has accused Obama of "measuring the drapes" and counting him out. "My opponent's looking pretty confident ... these days. He'll be addressing the nation soon. He's got another of those big stadium spectacles in the works. But acting like the election is over, it won't let him take away your chance to have the final say in this election," McCain said Wednesday in Goffstown.
Story first published: Friday, October 24, 2008, 18:10 [IST]