by Stanley Azuakola

President Barack Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to vote early in a presidential race. He cast his vote today in Chicago. His wife, Michelle Obama, had earlier voted last week in Chicago as well.

The move by Obama is part of a deliberate strategy to push his supporters to vote early so that their votes are locked in and they can concentrate efforts on trying to convert some who intend to vote for “the other side.” He is the first sitting US president to so vote.

So far, the American president is ahead of his Republican rival in the early votes count by a wide margin.