CINCINNATI, OHIO--President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be not be voting from Chicago on election day--on Monday, they announced they are voting early in a bid to lock-in votes in crucial battleground states, especially Ohio. Obama will be in Chicago on Oct. 25 to cast his early ballot.
Stumping in Delaware, Ohio--one of two Ohio stops--Mrs. Obama said, "Today! I voted for my husband! Yes! It felt so good. Right now, my absentee ballot, it's on its way to Illinois, my home state -- -- which means that we are one vote closer to reelecting my husband and moving this country forward for four more years. So forgive me if I'm a little excited today -- for me, it was Election Day. So I just have to relax."
The Obama and Romney campaigns are running enormous early vote drives in Ohio.
Mrs. Obama at first announced her early vote to @barackobama via Twitter, where she has 1.8 million followers. "I just dropped my absentee ballot in the mail - I couldn't wait for Election Day! Love you!" she wrote.
In reply, Obama sent out this on his Twitter feed: "I'm following @michelleobama's example and voting early, on October 25. If your state has early voting, join me."
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, stumping at an airfield here Monday also pushed early voting.