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President Obama spends Election Day in Chicago, plays basketball with Pippen

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Election night is here and President Obama is home, presumably watching results trickle in.

President Obama arrived in Chicago late Monday night and spent the night at his Kenwood home. On Tuesday morning, he took part in some Election Day rituals.

The president arrived in Chicago at about midnight and his motorcade moved through downtown Chicago, inconveniencing very few people. He spent some time in the neighborhood on Tuesday, visiting with friends, family and supporters.

He also did interviews, including The Steve Harvey Morning Show.

"Welcome to the show our Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama...Mister President Sir," said Steve Harvey.

He also made a stop at his campaign's Hyde Park office, talking with volunteers and making calls to voters – some of whom were so surprised that they didn't recognize the president's voice on the phone. He thanked volunteers responsible for organizing and galvanizing support.

After that, Mr. Obama hit the hardwood with his pals at Hope Athletic Center on the West Side. His teammates included Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen and former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Mr. Obama coached his team.

They played against U.S. Secretary of Education and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan, good friend and 2008 Obama campaign treasurer Marty Nesbitt and former Chicago Bull Randy Brown.

The teams had five players each, and played 12-minute quarters. They even brought in refs to call fouls.

The president's team won by about 20 points. The final score was 103 to 86. Giannoulias said he scored 32 points and Pippen made 21.

"It was a lot of fun," Giannoulias said. "We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true."

A White House spokeswoman said he played with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Reggie Love, Mike Ramos, Marty Nesbitt and others.

In 2008, Mr. Obama played a two-hour game of basketball at Attacks Athletic Center on the West Side, before winning the Iowa caucuses. Among the players were Chief Strategist, David Axelrod, Giannoulias and Duncan.

Former White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Obama sent an email to his former personal aide, Reggie Love, to organize his pickup game for Tuesday.

The game is supposed to bring him good luck. He didn't play ball on the day of the 2008 primary election in New Hampshire and Obama lost to Hillary Clinton.

From the West Side to Downtown Chicago, after a game of basketball, the president greeted volunteers and supports at watch parties inside the Fairmont Hotel.

At some point Tuesday night, President Obama will greet more than 10,000 supporters at McCormick Place.

Obama will spend two nights in Chicago, including an Election Night rally at McCormick Place.

The president's two daughters, Malia and Sasha - ages 14 and 11, respectively - came to Chicago with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, after class Tuesday.

The entire Obama family ate dinner at their home on Tuesday evening.

The girls return to Washington, D.C. early Wednesday to catch at least part of class day.

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