Barack Obama headlines GOTV rally

WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding

Former President Barack Obama, Gov. Bruce Rauner Rally Across The Region Ahead Of Tuesday's Elections

November 04, 2018 - 5:17 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Republican and Democrat candidates galvanized voters across the region Sunday during the home stretch of Tuesday's midterm elections.

Former President Barack Obama headlined get-out-the-vote rallies in Gary, Ind. in support of Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, and at UIC Pavillion to support gubernatorial contender JB Pritzker and other candidates. In Chicago, more than 5,000 waited outside in the rain before the event began.

He urged supporters to head to the polls.

"Don't boo. Vote," he said.

Obama was elected 44th President of the United States 10 years ago today.

Obama's Sunday event at the University of Illinois at Chicago came as Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans campaigned across Illinois before Tuesday's election. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner also hit the campaign trail late Sunday with stops at cafes from Decatur to St. Charles, and was holding an evening rally in Orland Park.

"Every vote here matters," he told diners at a Gibson City restaurant. "Never think your vote doesn't count."

A spokesman for his campaign said he would be releasing more statements later Sunday night.

Obama urged the crowd in Chicago to support a Democratic ticket that includes attorney general candidate and state Sen. Kwame Raoul and congressional candidates Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten.

Raoul faces Republican Erika Harold. Casten is challenging GOP Rep. Peter Roskam while Underwood is up against Rep. Randy Hultgren. Their races are among four Illinois congressional seats Democrats are targeting as the party tries to win control of the House.

 The Associated Press also contributed to this report.