Election Day: Kid Rock Plays, Bob Dylan Predicts, Lady Gaga Praises

As voters lined up, sometimes to
hourslong waits at the polls, show biz supporters of President Obama and Mitt
Romney helped make the case for their candidate in the waning hours of the
election.

On a soundstage at Culver Studios, the Obama
campaign had set up a phone bank where hundreds of volunteers were calling swing
states. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Cameron Crowe made calls on Monday, and Burt
Bacharach and Neil Diamond gave an impromptu performance on Sunday night.

During a concert in Madison, Wis,,
midway through singing “Blowin in the Wind,” Bob Dylan predicted an Obama
“landslide.”

Don’t believe the media. I think it’s going to
be a landslide,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

Bruce Springsteen performed at Obama’s final
rally in Des Moines on Monday night, where the president’s eyes were watery as
he recounted the start of his presidential run in the state in 2007. In
Manchester, N.H., Kid Rock stood on the top of a piano and performed “Born Free”
as Mitt and Ann Romney came onstage.

“I have to say thank you to Kid Rock,” Ann
Romney said. “Let me tell you we are kids of Detroit, Kid Rock and I are, and
Mitt is a kid of Detroit and we love Michigan we love Kid Rock we love that he
stood up for us and helped us out for all this time.”

The major networks prepared to showcase their
coverage, with ABC News staging a large presence in Times Square, NBC News
creating a “Democracy Plaza” at Rockfeller Center and CNN displaying a running
tally of electoral votes via a light display
atop the Empire State
building.

On Twitter, entertainment figures implored
followers to vote, and some, like Mark Ruffalo, urged them to report anything
out of the ordinary at the polls, with concerns over voter supression. “Why has
the GOP added a secret software patch to voting machines?” Roger Ebert said in a
tweet.

“Good luck Mr. President, we stand by you no
matter what and are thinking of you today. I’ll never forget what you did for
DADT,” wrote Lady Gaga.

On the other side of the spectrum, Dennis
Miller, who has campaign for Romney, wrote, “You want a testimony to Romney’s
governing abilities? He got things done in Massachusetts with a legislature full
of Elizabeth Warrens.”

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