President Joe Biden returned to his home state of Delaware to vote in the midterm elections on Saturday afternoon. He was joined by his 18-year-old granddaughter Natalie, a first-time voter.
The two arrived at the Shipyard Shops polling place on the Wilmington waterfront at 4:15 p.m., hours after the president watched Natalie Biden’s field hockey game at St. Andrew’s in Middletown. The two men walked through the doors of the polling station hand in hand after greeting a voter leaving the building.
Secret Service and local police were stationed outside as the Bidens voted, drawing the attention of others who had come to vote early. They took photos and posted on social media, surprised to see the president there.
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When the Bidens emerged from the voting booths, White House staff said Joe and Natalie Biden placed “I voted” stickers on each other’s shirts. The president then kissed his granddaughter on the cheek.
Joe and Natalie Biden join the more than 17,800 Delawares who voted by mail or in person Friday afternoon, according to the Delaware Department of Elections. The number is likely higher as voting continues, but a department spokesperson said the official tally won’t be updated until Monday.
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This is the first general election to allow early voting in Delaware, and the momentum appears to be building. Biden “feels good” about the midterm elections, both in his home country and across the country.
“It’s not a referendum, it’s a choice, a choice between two very different visions of this country,” he said.
While a University of Delaware study indicates the races aren’t particularly close, the elections across the border in Pennsylvania have an increasingly narrow margin. Biden, who along with Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned for Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Friday in Philadelphia, said he was confident the Democrat’s chances of beating Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz.
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Fetterman has “great courage,” Biden said, and “he’s getting better and better.”
The president also spoke about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, at their California home early Friday, saying he was happy to see that Paul Pelosi is expected to make a full recovery. The attacker reportedly sought out the president and posted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and COVID-19 on social media.
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Politicians on both sides of the aisle condemned the attack on the president’s husband; however, Biden said on Saturday that “you can’t condemn the violence unless you also condemn the people who continue to argue that the election wasn’t real.”
Joe, Natalie and the President’s sister Valerie Biden then attended Mass at St. Joseph of Brandywine Church.