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.
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.