Senator Barack Obama's Grandmother Dies Days Before Historic Presidential Election

Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham died Sunday night (Nov. 2), just days before the American public will go to the polls to choose the next president.

Mr. Obama released a statement to the press saying, “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances.”

During a campaign stop in North Carolina on Monday night (Nov. 3) Mr. Obama was moved to tears briefly while speaking about his grandmother, telling a crowd of supporters she died peacefully after a long battle with cancer.

The senator had taken a break from campaigning last month, traveling to Hawaii to visit his grandmother, he later told CBS that he didn’t get a chance to see his mother before her death from ovarian cancer in 1995 and he didn’t want to “make the same mistake twice.”

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