Worshippers in Kisumu, in the heartland of US White House hopeful Barack Obama 's Kenyan family, prayed for the Democrat senator's victory in the November 4 presidential poll. At Kisumu's Baptist Church, dozens of Christian faithful sang and prayed for Obama , who has become the East African nation's favourite son and whose White House bid has triggered a wave of enthusiasm and seen support groups crop up all over Kenya . Raising their hands in the air, grimacing worshippers weaved their prayers into a chorus over keyboard tunes belting through a homemade woofer. Other special prayer sessions were scheduled across the western Kenyan region in the final run-up to Tuesday's vote. Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate on the rival Republican ticket, famously received a blessing earlier this year in Alaska from a visiting Kenyan pastor who claims special powers against witchcraft.