Obama `Confident,’ Turnout the Key

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President Barack Obama calls volunteers as he visits a campaign office in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 2012.

“We feel confident we’ve got the votes to win,” President Barack Obama told reporters in Chicago today.

“I expect we’ll have a good night,” he said.

The results of today’s election “hinge on turnout,” the president said of a contest which national polling has portrayed as close.

The president congratulated Republican challenger Mitt Romney for a “spirited campaign.”

“We feel confident we’ve got the votes to win, but it’s going to depend ultimately on whether those votes turn out, and so I would encourage everybody on all sides just to make sure that you exercise this precious right that we have that people fought so hard for us to have,” Obama told reporters while visiting one of his campaign offices in Chicago to thank volunteers in person and by phone. He said he knows Romney’s volunteers are as enthusiastic, and: “I want to congratulate Governor Romney and his team for a hard fought race as well.”

While Romney headed out from Boston this morning for two final campaign rallies in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Obama visited campaign volunteers at home.

Both candidates are conducting several media interviews today in key swing states.

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