November 4th, 2008
09:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden makes big entrance at poll


Sen. Joe Biden voted Tuesday morning with his wife and mother.

WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) – With his wife, daughter and 91-year-old mother in tow, Joe Biden headed to the polls to vote Tuesday shortly before 9 a.m., about the same time Barack Obama cast his own ballot in Chicago.

The foursome walked into a local school minutes away from the Bidens’ home to cast their ballots at the spacious polling station void of the long lines seen elsewhere Tuesday.

Biden’s mother, Jean Finnegan Biden, showed an election official her ID. After her granddaughter Ashley asked “Ready, girlfriend?”, walked into one of the three booths.

Watch: Biden votes with his wife and mother

The senator and Mrs. Biden took the other two booths, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee emerged seconds later with a wide smile, flashing a thumbs-up for the cameras.

Mrs. Biden came over and gave her husband a big hug. As his mother emerged from behind the blue curtain he told her, to loud laughs, “Don’t tell them who you voted for.”

Moments earlier, Biden told an election official, “Mom said ‘It's the most important election of your life, but not because of you, Joe.’"

Asked by a reporter how he’s feeling, Biden responded, “Feel good, feel good.”

The Delaware senator was on the ballot twice Tuesday, as he runs for his seventh term in the U.S. Senate against Republican challenger Christine O’Donnell. With a significant lead in the polls, however, his re-election bid is essentially a foregone conclusion.

Election Day is shaping up as a family affair in the Biden household: 36 relatives will travel with the senator to Chicago Tuesday, ahead of the Democratic ticket’s evening rally in the city’ Grant Park . On his way, Biden will stop at a polling station in Richmond, Virginia. The Democratic ticket heads into Election Day with a small lead in that traditionally-Republican state.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Michelle - Michigan

    Feeling Great!
    I can vote

    For change, not for hate
    I can vote

    For, that one...
    Yes, finally
    I can vote... to vote for
    Barack Obama

    : ) Obama/Biden 2008

    November 4, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. ohio obama\biden fan

    I am Very excited today for Barack and Joe God bless the each of you!!

    November 4, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. saha

    Could some find a Air ticket for SAHA PALIN to ALASKA( Make sure it is direct flight)

    November 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Emma, San Jose, CA

    The deciding day has finally arrived. What a relief. CNN had an opinion article that early voting may not be an opportunity forever. I believe the person who wrote that opinion did not do a proper sampling.

    November 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Kat

    Joe Biden saved my life with his Violence Against Women act .... I'm leaving for my voting station now to vote for Obama/Biden !! I know a LOT of other people in Alabama who are voting for them!

    November 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. saha

    Could some find a Air ticket for SARA PALIN to ALASKA( Make sure it is direct flight)

    November 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Voted Early

    Good Luck Joe!!

    November 4, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Rachel

    Joe is great. He is so refreshing along side of Palin. He was such a Gentleman to her. Course old folksy her didn't recognize that. I'm praying for you and Obama Joe! You two will be the fresh air the United States needs about now. Besides your voice is much more soothing than Palins. wink wink. Oh! I certainly don't want to mimick her! God Bless America. Obama/Biden08.

    November 4, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. RBA

    The 8 year nightmare is nearly over, thank God. Here's one wealthy Texan for the Dems.
    Go Obama! Go Joe!

    November 4, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Marie

    Obama/Biden go & change

    November 4, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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