WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will run his midterm election voting this weekend in his home state of Delaware, where in-person early voting begins Friday.
The White House has said Biden will vote alongside his 18-year-old granddaughter Natalie, who is a first-time voter. Democratic president votes as his party faces uphill battle to retain control of Congress and as Democrats have made it a priority to encourage their supporters to vote early in jurisdictions where it is available to maximize turnout.
Biden’s trip to his polling place comes as he spends a long weekend at his Wilmington home. He will make a brief trip to nearby Philadelphia on Friday night to attend a Pennsylvania Democratic Party event with Vice President Kamala Harris. A Democratic official says the fundraiser will raise $1million for the state party, with Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman in a tight race against GOP nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz for a critical U.S. Senate seat.
Last month, Biden made a quick last-minute trip to Wilmington to vote in the state’s Democratic primary. At the time, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden’s timeline necessitated Air Force One’s brief jaunt to Wilmington to vote.
“He thought it was important to exercise his constitutional right to vote, as I just mentioned, and to lead by example by showing the importance of voting,” she told reporters. “He also had the opportunity to say hello to the electoral agents and to thank them for their work. And we know how much election workers have come under attack in recent years. »
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