President Barack Obama scooped up campaign cash in his Chicago hometown on Wednesday, promising supporters that change can still come if they work even harder this time around.

A day after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s convincing win in New Hampshire’s GOP primary, which established him as the clear front-runner to take on the president in the fall, Obama’s visit home was all about summoning his backers’ enthusiasm for the fight ahead — along with reminders of what he left behind four years ago.

“If you’re willing to work even harder in this election than you did in the last election, I promise you, change will come,” Obama said at a large fundraising event at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“You can’t back down — not now. We won’t give up — not now,” Obama said. “We’ve got to send a message we are going to keep pushing and fighting for the change that we believe in.”

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