(DENVER) — Seeking to lead by example, President Obama on Wednesday told a crowd of 16,000 in Colorado about his plans to vote early on Thursday, although he would not say who he is supporting.
“It’s a secret ballot,” he joked. “But Michelle says she voted for me. That’s what she said.”
The president will make a short stop in his hometown of Chicago in between campaign rallies in Richmond, Va., and Cleveland on Thursday to cast his ballot.
“We can vote early in Illinois, just like you can vote early in Colorado,” he told the crowd at City Park on the second stop of his 48-hour marathon campaign swing.
The president has been encouraging his supporters to cast their ballots early for weeks and his advisors claim they have an edge over rival Mitt Romney in early voting.
Earlier Wednesday, Obama adviser David Plouffe told reporters traveling with the president that they are beginning to see the election unfold based on early voting.
“We like what we’re seeing,” he said. “It’s very encouraging.”
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